University enrollment projected to increase

| Print |  Email
Archives - July 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008

PSUcampus.jpg Portland State University's fall 2007
enrollment was almost 25,000 students.

STATEWIDE This fall, the Oregon University System expects another increase in enrollment, even though lenders of federally backed student loans are becoming more selective with their money in the ongoing credit crisis.

Last month Eastern Oregon University — a less selective, lower-tier school — said it had been dropped by some lenders. If the trend spreads to other schools, some prospective Oregon students, especially the neediest, could find it more difficult to get financing for tuition and housing costs, thus affecting enrollment.

OUS Board President Kirby Dyess calls the trend a “concern,” but says state initiatives like last year’s $50 million funding boost of the Oregon Opportunity Grant for middle and low-income students and the increased use of Oregon’s 529 Plan — a state-run college savings plan — should offset the downshift in the student loan industry.

And a down economy can mean more students, Dyess says. Students view it as an ideal to time to enhance their job marketability by gaining new skills or more education, she says. Initial data suggests a spike in state resident and first-generation college students.

Final enrollment figures will not be available until fall. Last year OUS reported a 1.5% nudge in enrollment, from 81,002 to 82,249.


JASON SHUFFLER


To comment, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

More Articles

The city as startup

Guest Blog
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
011415 citystartup-thumbBY NISHANT BHAJARIA | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Startups in the growth phase are associated with a fresh infusion of capital — human and financial — a curiosity factor and products to disrupt the market and drive demand. Portland’s economy gives off the same aroma.


Read more...

Leading with the right brain

News
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
120914-manderson-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

On the eve of the Portland Ad Federation's Rosey Awards, Matt Anderson, CEO of Struck, talks about the transition from creative director to CEO, the Portland talent pool and whether data is the new black in the creative services sector.


Read more...

Powerbook Perspective

January-Powerbook 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


Read more...

LEED for weed

News
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
012815-potcarbon-thumbBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

What is the impact of the legal pot industry on carbon emissions? An NEBC energy forum breakfast makes the case for taking the new industry’s emissions impacts very seriously.


Read more...

Which Way to Chinatown?

February 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

The Jade International District, already Portland's center of Asian life, is poised for rejuvenation. Where does that leave the westside's historic Chinatown?


Read more...

Raising the Stakes

February 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

The 2014 Bend Venture Conference set a record for the most cash, investments and prizes awarded at an angel conference in the Pacific Northwest. Investments in the six winning companies exceeded $1 million. The 11th annual conference was hosted by Economic Development of Central Oregon.


Read more...

Political theater

News
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
0107-orbizplansum14-thumbBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

The Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit drew more than 1,000 people to the Oregon Convention Center yesterday.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS