What is differential tuition?
To provide the benefits that are available to honors students, Clark Honors College charges differential tuition — additional tuition above that which the university collects for undergraduate tuition. These funds enable CHC to offer an academic and community experience that is distinct and unique on the University of Oregon campus.
At CHC, our students have access to specific and unique resources, which differential tuition makes possible. These resources include:
Smaller class size
CHC students experience the benefit of smaller classes, crucial to active engagement, learning, and individualized mentoring, while at the same time enjoying all the benefits of a large research institution. Our average class size is 16 seats, with a maximum enrollment of 19 seats.
Specialized experiential learning
Specially-developed CHC courses provide students with real-world experiences, such as the Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing, the Inside-Out Program, and UO Forensics (speech, debate, and mock trial).
Concentrated advising resources
CHC offers a foundation of concentrated advising resources, including a dedicated First-Year Advisor who not only steers students academically but helps students form a cohort and community; an Assistant Dean of Advising and Strategic Partnerships who develops CHC-specific research opportunities, internships, and mentorships; peer mentors who can guide CHC students from their own experience in the honors college; and every member of our faculty is also an academic advisor, creating a distinct and unique partnership between students and CHC professors.
- All of our classes are taught by experienced professors, many of them award-winning teachers, not graduate students
- The CHC provides assistance and close mentoring in the application process for prestigious national and internship scholarships such as Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Udall, Mitchell, etc.; mentored research opportunities that include payment for work as undergraduate student researchers; awards and scholarships specifically for CHC students, and supplemental funding for living expenses for unpaid or low-paying internships
- CHC students also enjoy priority early registration for every term, including summer, for all UO courses, not only CHC
In order to offer these resources, students are charged differential tuition each academic term (with the exception of summer terms) that a student is enrolled in courses at the University of Oregon (whether they are taking honors college courses or not), up to 12 academic year terms.
For 2020-21, the CHC has three different rates of differential tuition depending on when a student began attending the UO:
- Students who began prior to Fall 2020 when the UO implemented the guaranteed tuition program; referred to as “continuing students”: $927.00 a term. In future years, continuing students can expect an increase of 3% annually. Once a student has paid CHC differential tuition for 12 academic year terms, differential tuition is waived.
- Students who began in Summer 2020 to Spring 2021 and are covered by the UO 2020 cohort’s guaranteed tuition program: $987.75 a term. This rate remains the same for up to five years. Once a student has paid CHC differential tuition for 12 academic year terms, differential tuition is waived.
- Students who begin in Summer 2021 to Spring 2022 and are covered by the UO 2021 cohort’s guaranteed tuition program: $1002.56 a term. This rate remains the same for up to five years. Once a student has paid CHC differential tuition for 12 academic year terms, differential tuition is waived.
The CHC differential tuition charge for established UO students who join CHC as “lateral transfers” is based on the year the student academically began at the UO. For example, a UO undergraduate who started in Fall 2019 but joined the CHC in Fall 2020 will be considered a “continuing student” and not part of the UO 2020 guaranteed tuition cohort.
Students with high financial need as demonstrated on the FAFSA or ORSAA can qualify for an honors college tuition remission scholarship. To be considered for these scholarships, students submit their FAFSA or ORSAA by the priority deadline set by the Office of Financial Aid, which administers this process. If a student has filed a FAFSA or ORSAA, they do not need to contact CHC directly to see whether they will be awarded an honors college tuition remission scholarship.
Note: Dreamer students, including students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or Temporary Protected Status (TPS), as well as other undocumented students who are ineligible to submit a FAFSA may submit an Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA), which is an alternative to the FAFSA.
Want to know more about about FAFSA, ORSAA, and CHC tuition remission scholarships that can help cover the cost of differential tuition? Find out here.
How does the CHC differential tuition charge work within the UO’s guaranteed tuition program? Find out here.
How does CHC’s lateral transfer process work for current UO students? Ask our Director of Admissions, Paula Braswell.