OU students to see tuition, fees increase by 3 percent next year
OU students will pay 3 percent more in tuition and fees next year after the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved increases for 25 of Oklahoma's 26 public colleges and universities.
The average increase is 5.2 percent, ranging from 2.8 percent at Oklahoma State University to 7.9 percent at the University of Central Oklahoma, regents chancellor Glen Johnson said.
The regents took into account the impact that rising tuition has on students and their parents, Johnson said.
"I think the action today reflects that and reflects the sensitivity to students and parents' needs, but also provides a mechanism to continue to provide a great higher education opportunity at a very affordable cost," Johnson said.
College and university presidents previously told regents the increases were needed to offset rising costs that include insurance, utilities and additional faculty needed due to rising enrollment. State appropriations to higher education will remain essentially flat for fiscal year 2013 — up .04 percent, from $1.008 billion in fiscal year 2012 to $1.012 billion for 2013.
At OU, full-time in-state students will see their tuition go up $216 annually, and full-time out-of-state student tuition will increase by $900.
The regents also approved a total higher education budget of $2.66 billion, up from $2.62 billion last year. The budget includes $6.5 million for the OU system.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.