PORTLAND — Portland State University will offer a tuition discount for any student from a federally recognized Native American tribe.

Starting this fall, students who are members of nearly 600 federally recognized tribes across the country will receive in-state tuition, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

“Portland State offers this benefit to tribal members as part of our ongoing effort to provide a welcoming environment for Indigenous students in downtown Portland,” Chuck Knepfle, PSU’s vice president of enrollment management, said in a statement. “This offer of in-state tuition is a small way to honor the legacy of Indigenous nations from across the country.”

PSU noted in its announcement last week that it already offers support for students from Indigenous backgrounds including scholarships, programs and student groups through its Native American Student and Community Center.

The discounted tuition will be offered to students who can provide their official tribal residency documentation to PSU. The university does not require any other information to be considered for the discount.

The difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition is roughly $420 per credit hour or about $19,000 per academic year for students enrolled in 15 credits, according to PSU.


While some universities and colleges offer tuition discounts or waivers to students who are members of in-state tribes, PSU says it’s not aware of any other schools that have made the move to offer discounts to Native American students on a national scale.

Statewide, the Oregon Legislature approved the Oregon Tribal Student Grant program this year. The grant goes toward tuition and other college-related expenses at colleges and universities for members of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes.

State higher education officials are urging eligible students to apply for that statewide grant by the priority deadline, Aug. 1.