Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education System, U.S. Department of Education.
The program will also offer flexible options for students who can't take a full load of classes. If students can't take 15 hours per semester, Boren said, the university will offer tuition and fee waivers to allow them to take courses during the summer, during intersession periods or online to allow them to meet the 30 credit hours per year threshold.
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?”