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LA GRANDE — A sophomore at Eastern Oregon University was crying in the bathroom because she could not afford to pay tuition next term and felt she exhausted all of her resources. A junior was forced to withdraw from EOU because she couldn’t juggle the increased cost of tuition, raising a child and monthly bills all at the same time.

College already was well known for being a time when many young people feel financially overwhelmed, but because of the increasing cost of everyday essentials and tuition, many Eastern Oregon University students are struggling to make ends meet, both now and at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

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