Freshman hurdler Ty Warn of Jordan Valley gets some work in during a track practice at Eastern Oregon University. Athletic programs at EOU benefit financially when on-campus student enrollment is up. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
More on-campus students would boost student activity programs
Online students make up just over half of Eastern Oregon University’s student body of about 4,100 and play a huge role in helping strengthen the school’s financial bottom line.
Still, the question is sometimes asked — would Eastern improve its fragile budget picture if a higher percentage of its enrollment consisted of on-campus as opposed to online students?
It’s a question that does not have a simple answer, school officials say.
EOU online and on-campus students pay approximately the same tuition. This means that tuition from online and on-campus students provides about the same amount of funding for salaries, building expenses and and other basic operating costs.
An important difference does exist, though, in what on-campus and online students mean to Eastern financially. Both groups of students pay about the same in total fees but several fees go to different funds. A big portion of online student fees cover technology costs related to delivery of instruction. A major portion of on-campus student fees go toward an incidental fee fund.
(For the full story, see Friday's edition of The Observer)