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By Susan Simpson Published: January 23, 2008
High school seniors planning to attend the University of Oklahoma may have to put up a $250 deposit to secure enrollment, under a proposal to be considered today by the university's regents.

If approved, the change would take effect in 2009 and would be a condition for summer and fall enrollment for students who've been accepted to OU as "direct-from-high-school freshmen.”

Of the $250, $190 would be a deposit on housing or tuition, and $60 would be an enrollment fee. The $190 is refundable if the student withdraws admittance by May 1.

The plan intends to help admissions officers predict class sizes earlier and offer early admission to students on waiting lists.

OU says seven of the Big 12 institutions require enrollment deposits. Oklahoma State University does not.

Students who don't pay by May 1 will have their offer of admission revoked. The deposit could be waived or deferred for students demonstrating financial need.

Regents meet at 2 p.m. at OU Health Sciences Center.