OSU to begin flat-rate tuition plan for undergraduate students

Full-time undergraduate students at Oklahoma State University who enroll in 12 to 18 hours will pay the same flat rate for tuition and mandatory fees under a new block tuition model approved Friday.
by Kathryn McNutt Published: March 7, 2014
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Full-time undergraduate students at Oklahoma State University who enroll in 12 to 18 hours will pay the same flat rate for tuition and mandatory fees beginning with the fall 2014 semester.

Based on current rates for 15 hours, the cost will be $3,721 per semester for state residents and $10,013 for out-of-state students.

The Board of Regents for OSU and the A&M Colleges approved the new block tuition model Friday. Final approval will come from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The University of Oklahoma began a similar plan in fall 2013.

“It is designed to help students graduate quicker, while potentially reducing the total cost of an OSU degree,” President Burns Hargis said.

Hargis said he hopes the change will eliminate the need for any increases in tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year. Those rates will be announced after OSU’s 2014-15 budget is approved in June, he said.

The new model — called Finish in Four — not only can shorten the time it takes to earn a degree, but helps students’ families budgeting for college, he said.

“It think it’s a horrendous idea. It aggravates me,” said John Higbee, an OSU alum and parent of two students.

Higbee said his older son is an architecture major, and that’s a five-year program. Both sons have to work to help pay for college and often can’t take 15 hours.

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by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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