- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will consider raising tuition and fees by an average of about 5 percent during its meeting this week.

The board, which will meet Wednesday for the its regular meeting in Norman, also will consider tuition hikes at two other universities it governs: Rogers State University in Claremore and Cameron University in Lawton.

Under the plan, students who are residents of Oklahoma and taking 15 credit hours would see their tuition and fees increase about $185, from $3,847 to $4,032, per semester.

The proposed increases follow the Oklahoma Legislature’s decision to cut state appropriations for higher education by about 2.4 percent for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The agenda for the OU Board of Regents Meeting shows that Rogers State University is requesting tuition and mandatory fee increase of 4.98 percent for resident students, and 4.18 percent for nonresident students. At Cameron, the proposed increase is 4.5 percent for resident students and 6.1 percent for nonresident students.

The proposed increases still must be approved by the seven-member OU Board of Regents before going to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for final approval.

Budget figures included in the agenda show that the Norman campus received a total decrease in state appropriations of $4.7 million, or 3.5 percent.

The Legislature granted the ability to raise tuition to the State Board of Regents in 2001. Under a bill approved two years later, the combined average of resident tuition and fees at OU and Oklahoma State University must remain less than the combined average of other state-supported schools in the Big 12 Conference.

The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M; Colleges voted last week to increase tuition across all of OSU’s five branch campuses. Those increases also averaged slightly less than 5 percent.

Among the other items being considered by the OU Regents on Wednesday is a proposal to construct two above-ground storm shelters at Couch Center and Walker Center, where student dormitories are located, and a new physics and astronomy building.

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