Oregon Student Association’s Response to the Governor’s Recommended Budget for 2019-2021

The Governor’s Recommended Budget for 19-21 does not present a “base budget” and an “investment budget.” It presents a cuts budget and a status quo budget.

A true investment that would meet the needs of students would be:

• $1 billion for the Public Universities Support Fund

• $787 million for the Community College Support Fund

• $252 million for the Oregon Opportunity Grant

We do not need smaller tuition increases. We need tuition freezes.

We do not need financial aid to be accessible to some more of the students in need. We need financial aid to be accessible to all of the students in need.

The State of Oregon has been leaving students to foot the bill for public higher education for too long. It’s time for the state of Oregon to show up and put their money with their mouth is. Oregon’s debt to students is past due.

We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to come up with a revenue plan and budget that actually meets the needs of students in Oregon.

Oregon Student Association Legislative Session Wrap Up

The Oregon Student Association had a successful short session passing 10 of 12 priority issues.


Senate Bill 1563 – Tuition Equity 3.0

Removes requirement that students who are not citizens or lawful permanent residents apply for official federal identification document to be eligible for exemption from paying nonresident tuition at public universities.

Senate Bill 1557 – Military Student Support Reform

Requires community colleges, public universities and Oregon Health and Science University to provide certain rights to students ordered to federal or state active duty for 30 or fewer consecutive days.

House Bill 4141 – Student Voice and Transparency Act

Requires each public university to establish advisory body to advise university president on recommendations to governing board regarding resident tuition and mandatory enrollment fees.

Senate Bill 1528 – HECC Tax Credit Auction

Creates tax credit for contributions to Opportunity Grant Fund.

House Bill 4043 – Community College Financial Aid Advising

Requires community colleges to jointly conduct study to determine best methods for helping community college students learn about and apply for benefits.

House Bill 4150 – K12 Sexual Harassment Reform

Requires specified information to be shared with student, staff member or certain person following conclusion of investigation related to sexual harassment.

House Bill 4053 – K12 Accelerated Credit Transfer

Requires Chief Education Office to prepare annual report on accelerated college credit programs.

Senate Bill 5702 – Capital Investments

Increases amounts authorized for issuance of revenue bonds for biennium.

House Bill 4155 – Net Neutrality

Prohibits public bodies from contracting with broadband Internet access service providers that engage in certain network management activities based on paid prioritization, content blocking or other discrimination.

House Bill 4028 – Student Parent Childcare Tax Credit

Limits expenses for which dependent care income tax credit may be claimed to combination of earned income taxable by Oregon and imputed income, using lesser amount attributable to either spouse on joint return.



$32M Community College Funding

Obtaining $32 million for community colleges to mitigate tuition increases and expand advising services.

This was one of the hardest tasks on our agenda. Although the Oregon Community College Association was taking lead on this funding request, our organization played a huge role on moving this issue forward. The coalition requested a meeting on the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education for Tuesday, February 27th. Nearly all members of the subcommittee were on board, including the co-chairs, and we were able to get the House Higher Education leaders to sign a letter of support. However, when requesting funds without a bill aligned, the subcommittee must get the approval of all four co-chairs (subcommittee and full committee).

This made the task difficult for us to advance. We were able to secure 3 out of 4 co-chairs. President Courtney was the missing link. A day before our planned meeting, we were informed that the President decided to not have the meeting on the 27th. This essentially eliminated the possibility of a funding ask. Legislators in support suggested using whatever political capital they had left to get a smaller amount, but the coalition decided to save that political capital for the long session and make Community College Funding the primary goal for higher education funding allocation.

Paid Postage

Permits county, city or district to choose to permit electors to return ballot by business reply mail, with county, city or district paying cost for ballot return.

The bill was ineffective after the Sine Die. We expect this bill to be a big push during the long session.

Mental Health Resources by Campus


Corvallis/Albany Help line:

Corvallis/Albany Helpline 1: 541.928.6834

Corvallis/Albany Helpline 2: 541.752.0889

Daytime Phone: 541.928.6834

Counseling & Psychological Services at OSU

During the summer (June 19-Sept 15), walk-in hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-3:30pm. Come to the 5th floor of Snell Hall or call 541-737-2131.

You may also speak with an after-hours counselor by calling 541-737-2131 and choosing option “1” from the main menu.


UO DREAMers: Justine Carpenter, Director of Multicultural and Identity-Based Support Services: [email protected] | 541-346-1123 |

UO DREAMers Workgroup: [email protected]   |   https://blogs.uoregon.edu/dreamers/

University Counseling Center (after hours): 541-346-3227

University Mental Health Support: 541-346-3227 https://health.uoregon.edu/mental-health


PSU Emergency Numbers
SHAC: 503.725.2800
Office of Residence Life: 503.725.2450

Portland Emergency Numbers
Multnomah County Crisis Line (24-HR): 503.988.4888
Cascadia Urgent Walk-in Clinic (7 AM-10 PM), 2415 SE 43rd Ave.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK


Counseling Center: Phone: (541) 463-3200 Email: [email protected]


Counseling Services: (503) 838-8396

Unidos: https://www.facebook.com/unidosclubatwou/

Alma’s project: http://www.wou.edu/daca/

OSU Cascades

Mental Health Counseling 541-322-2047



Schedule a counseling appointment, please contact the Student Health & Wellness  front desk at 541-552-6136 during business hours.

Jackson County Mental Health Crisis Line: 541-774-8201


On Campus Counseling services 541-383-7200.


Albany Advising Center 541-917-4780 for a Counseling appointment

Linn County Mental Health Crisis Line:1-800-304-7468 or 541-967-3866

Benton County Mental Health Crisis Line:1-888-232-7192 or 541-766-6835

OSA Statement on Termination of DACA

This is a sad day for Oregon, especially the many undocumented students OSA works for. Today, the Trump administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The DACA program has served as a critical lifeline for nearly 11,000 immigrants in the state of Oregon.

Thousands of young people in Oregon came out of the shadows and accepted the government’s offer in good faith and worked hard to build their lives here. Today, the government went back on their word, and threatened the lives and futures of 11,000 Oregon Dreamers.

The fate of 800,000 DACA recipients nationwide, who call this country their home, depend on the decisions of Congress. You have an opportunity to reach out to congressional representatives, such as Representative Greg Walden who holds a leadership position in the House of Representatives, and encourage them to fight for undocumented Oregonians.

This is a heartbreaking day for the immigrant community. We encourage students who are impacted to practice self care and reach out to mental health resources on their campus. The Oregon Student Association will continue to organize and fight for undocumented Oregonians.