- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have voted to request a $963.4 million appropriation from the Legislature for fiscal year 2017.

Regents voted Thursday to approve the request - which is the same amount of funding provided to colleges and universities for the current fiscal year.

Early projections have estimated that the state will face an $800 million to $1 billion shortfall next fiscal year and Gov. Mary Fallin has told state agencies to prepare for budget cuts of 10 percent.

Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson has said officials at the state’s 25 colleges and universities are working to reduce costs - including by cutting down on travel, partnering with other schools to offer joint-degree programs and making purchases off the same contract.

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