He wouldn't make any definite predictions about what the university's financial situation would be next year, but deSteiguer said he expects another year of strong enrollment. That opens up the possibility of a third year without a tuition increase, he said.
“We would love to be able to do that,” he said.
Aislyn Reaves, a former OC student, said she's watching the university's tuition freeze closely. Reaves attended the university for two years, then transferred to Collin College, a community college with campuses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The cost of attending OC was a major factor in her decision to leave, Reaves said. Reaves, 21, said she enjoyed her time at the university and would like to come back. If tuition remains more stable, she said, it might be easier to manage.
“It's definitely more of a possibility,” she said.