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June 29, 2006 :: Oklahoma Public Colleges Raise Tuition Rates for 2006-07, Avoid Double-Digit Increases

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Fresh off approving a record appropriation of $1.02 billion, including $130 million in new state funds, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education today approved tuition and mandatory fee increases for Oklahoma’s 25 public colleges and universities. The increases will average about $147 more per year for full-time residents, while nonresidents will pay an average of about $360 more.

Higher education officials credit the additional state appropriations as the major reason why increases this year are much lower than in past years.

“Thanks to the generous appropriation that the state legislators and governor approved for higher education, our institutions were able to keep tuition increases to a minimum rather than double-digit increases that might have been necessary,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “Although tuition in Oklahoma is among the most affordable among all states, we still want to always limit increases while providing outstanding learning experiences for our students.”

Tuition and mandatory fees increases will average 5.2 percent systemwide in FY2007. Three institutions – Connors State College, Warner; Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa; and Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell – requested no increases in tuition.

The state’s research universities, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and the University of Oklahoma, Norman, increased their tuition and mandatory fee rates by 6.8 and 5.8 percent, respectively.

Carl Albert State College, Poteau, and Western Oklahoma State College, Altus, will increase tuition and mandatory fees at their institutions by just $1 per credit hour, a 1.5 percent increase over last year.

State law requires tuition to stay at levels below the average among comparable institutions, and Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities are well within those limits.

The law also requires the State Regents to make a reasonable effort to increase need-based financial aid across the state system proportionate to any increase in tuition.

More than $13 million of the new money appropriated by the Legislature will go toward scholarships and grants, including $10 million to Oklahoma’s Promise-OHLAP. Higher education officials expect approximately 15,000 students will receive an Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship in FY2007. In addition, colleges and universities continue to raise scholarship funds through private gifts and donations.

Download a list of undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fee rates for each institution here (PDF, 34K)