Last year's freeze on undergraduate tuition at Oklahoma Christian University might have helped draw revenue in other areas, and university officials said they hope a similar move this year will have the same effect.
For the second consecutive year, OC officials have decided against raising undergraduate tuition or housing costs, meaning the cost to attend the university next year will remain the same.
Tuition remains at $18,800 for students taking up to 17 credit hours per semester. Including average room and board costs, the total cost to attend the university is about $25,000 per year.
The university also will continue its policy of not charging academic fees. University officials opted last year to roll academic fees into the price of tuition.
OC President John deSteiguer said he thinks last year's tuition freeze might have been a factor in enrollment growth. Enrollment grew from 2,193 during the 2011-2012 academic year to 2,271 the following year — an increase of about 3.6 percent, and a new attendance record for the university.
The decision to hold tuition steady for another year is “more of an art than a science,” deSteiguer said. The university needs to increase revenue to offset rising costs in a number of areas, including utilities and health insurance. Damage from last spring's hailstorms also resulted in higher property insurance costs, he said.