- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - All but one of the institutions in the Regional University System of Oklahoma will increase tuition this fall under fiscal 2019 budgets approved by regents.

The budgets approved last week include increases in tuition and mandatory fees from 3.1 percent to 5.5 percent for five universities, the Oklahoman reported .

Southeastern Oklahoma State University won’t raise tuition or fees for the first time since 2009-2010. The university also declined to increase room and board, with President Sean Burrage citing an upswing in online graduate enrollment and student credit hours.

“Our financial condition at Southeastern is healthier today because of our enrollment growth, along with the difficult decisions and sacrifices the university made over the last four years,” he said.

The other budgets approved include tuition increases of 3.1 percent at East Central University, 4.9 percent at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 5 percent at Northeastern State University and 5.5 percent at the University of Central Oklahoma.

“A large chunk will go for tuition waivers for students,” UCO President Don Betz said, adding that plans are to increase the amount every year if state funding isn’t reduced. This is the first time in four years Oklahoma lawmakers didn’t cut appropriations to higher education.

The six universities produce almost 40 percent of the state’s college graduates, according to system data.

The budgets and tuition rates for all the state’s 25 public colleges and universities will be presented Wednesday to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for final approval.


Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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