With the University of Oregon having just started fall term, this 1898 Oregon State Journal newspaper article caught my eye. It definitely was much much cheaper to attend the university in 1898!
“University of Oregon
The fall term will begin September 19th. Students who have completed the tenth grade branches can enter the sub-freshman class. No examination are required for graduates of accredited schools. Reasonable equivalents are accepted for most of the required entrances studies.
The courses offered are those of a good university. There are departments of modern and ancient languages, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, english, elocution, advanced engineering, astronomy, logic, philosophy, psychology, mathematics and physical education. Music and drawing are also taught. The tuition is free. All students pay an incidental fee of ten dollars yearly. Board, lodging, heat and light in the dormitory cost $ 2.50 per week.” Oregon State Journal (Eugene, Oregon), July 30, 1898, pg. 5, col. 3. University of Oregon Knight Library, Newspaper Collection.