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OSU Regents approve block tuition plan

by Oklahoma State University Modified: July 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014

The Oklahoma State University-A&M Board of Regents has approved a block tuition plan to keep higher education affordable and accessible to more Oklahomans.

The plan is part of OSU’s “Finish in Four” initiative. A flat rate of $7,442 for tuition and universitywide fees applies to full-time in-state undergraduates. The out-of-state student rate is $20,027. The flat-rate tuition will cover 12 to 18 hours of study, normally four to six classes.

These rates are the same as the cost last year for 15 semester hours, about four classes.

“I am pleased the university will be introducing a block tuition model to our students this fall,” OSU President Burns Hargis said. “This plan is designed to help students graduate quicker, therefore reducing the total cost of a degree from Oklahoma State University.”

Under the “Finish in Four” plan, completing at least 15 hours of applicable coursework each semester creates a path for students to graduate in four years, which benefits students in several ways:

•Eliminates additional semesters  of expenses for room, board and other costs;

•Reduces student-loan debt upon graduation;

•Allows entry into the workforce earlier.

With the transition to a block rate model, tuition and mandatory fee rates for undergraduates at OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa will not increase in 2014-2015, keeping costs among the lowest in the Big 12. Housing and dining rates already are the most affordable in the conference.

For more information on OSU's block tuition plan check out the university bursar's office Web page on Finish in Four, or an OStateTV video on the program.

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