Portland State University or PSU is a public, coeducational, state university located in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1946, the school was initially called the Vanport Extension Center but the Vanport flood of 1948 caused the school to be relocated to downtown Portland where it reopened in 1952. In 1955, PSU was renamed Portland State College and finally, Portland State University in 1969.

Today, the university grants Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in a wide range of majors through its various and distinct schools and colleges; namely, the School of Business Administration; the Graduate School of Education; the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science; the School of Fine and Performing Arts; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the School of Social Work; the College of Urban and Public Affairs; and the School of Extended Studies. For school year 2009-2010, a total of 27,972 students are enrolled at the state university.

Cost of attendance for academic year 2009-2010 for fulltime undergraduate students who are residents of Portland is US$20,346 broken down into tuition and fees at US$5,700; books and supplies at US$1,911; room and board at US$9,774; transportation at US$900; and personal expenses estimated at US$2,061. For undergraduate students who are not residents of Portland, the cost of tuition and fees is US$17,247. All other fees remain the same. Graduate students who are residents of the state are charged tuition and fee of US$11,739 while non-residents or out-of-state students are charged 17,514.

Financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs is extended to help students pay for their cost of attendance.

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