Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education System, U.S. Department of Education.
Students will also be able to apply for exemptions to the flat-rate policy if extenuating circumstances arise, Boren said. Students whose applications for exemption are denied will be able to appeal to a committee that includes student representatives, he said.
“There will always be some unique individual, some unique circumstance, that we haven't thought of,” he said.
Similar flat-rate tuition policies are in effect at a number of other universities in the region, including the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and Baylor University.
Boren said he has been examining the possibility of a flat-rate tuition and fee policy for several years. He has consulted with lawmakers and officials at other universities, including former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who implemented a similar policy during his time as president at Texas A&M.
“It just seemed to me that it was the right time for us to move forward,” he said. “Why put it off?”