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Higher Education Coordinating Commission must OK tuition increases over 5%. Three public universities stayed under that ceiling.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: ADAM WICKHAM - Neuberger Hall is shown here under construction at the PSU campus. Substantial tuition increases at three of Oregon's public universities have been approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Barring more state funding, tuition will increase by 10% for students at Southern Oregon University, 6.91% at University of Oregon and 6% at the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Staff representatives and students from each institution made their case in front of the state commission Thursday.

The tuition increases are much lower than initial proposals. Universities reined them in after legislators amended a budget bill to allocate $100 million to public universities, instead of the $40.5 million in the governor's proposed budget. The budget is not final.

Set to present Thursday, officials at Portland State University canceled their appearance after the university's Board of Trustees lowered next year's tuition hike from 11% to 4.97%.

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