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In-state tuition and fees slated to remain mostly flat for Oklahoma college students

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Oklahoma’s Regents for Higher Education will meet Wednesday to approve tuition and fee rates for the state’s colleges and universities.

Under the proposed budget, tuition and fees will remain mostly flat - increasing 1.8 percent for in-state students and 1.6 percent for out-of-staters. The actual dollar amount increase, though, is larger for out-of-state versus in-state students because out-of-state students already pay higher tuition and fees.

This is the final step for a budget process leading into the 2022-23 school year. Colleges got an increase from the legislature worth $60 million, but overall Oklahoma lawmakers still fund higher education at a lower rate than they did prior to 2016. That means tuition and fee revenues are used to bridge the gap in many college budgets. State appropriations only cover approximately 25% of operating costs for colleges and universities.

Nine institutions are slated to keep tuition flat for in-state students:

  • University of Oklahoma 
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Connors State College
  • Eastern Oklahoma State College
  • Murray State College, 
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
  • Oklahoma City Community College
  • Redlands Community College
Robby Korth joined StateImpact Oklahoma in October 2019, focusing on education reporting.
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