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OU announces flat-rate tuition plan for undergraduates

Full-time undergraduates who attend the University of Oklahoma soon will pay a flat tuition rate, OU officials said. Under the plan, any full-time undergraduate student who takes between 12 and 21 credits per semester will pay a flat rate.
by Silas Allen Modified: June 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm •  Published: June 20, 2013

/articleid/3854623/1/pictures/2138699">Photo - University of Oklahoma ( OU) library as seen thorough the Jesus Moroles sculpture "Disc Ruin" on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
University of Oklahoma ( OU) library as seen thorough the Jesus Moroles sculpture "Disc Ruin" on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Recent history of hikes

OU increased its undergraduate tuition rate last year by 3 percent for Oklahoma residents and 5 percent for nonresidents. The university has seen tuition increases each year since 2009, when the state higher education system saw a 3 percent increase in funding. That increase was driven in part by the influx of $69 million in federal economic stimulus money.

This year, higher education saw its budget increase by $33 million, most of which goes to cover the cost of the $24 million debt service on the 2005 higher education capital bond issue.

OU President David Boren gave guarded praise for that increase; the amount was less than higher education officials had requested. Oklahoma higher education Chancellor Glen Johnson had requested a $97.4 million increase over the last fiscal year, with $55 million going toward the state's performance and college completion goals.

OU's tuition plan will go before the OU Board of Regents at a meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Noble Conference Center and Pavilion, 2510 State Highway 199E, Ardmore.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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