University of Oklahoma Regents on Wednesday approved a 9.9 percent increase in tuition and mandatory fees for the coming school year.

The increase means in-state, undergraduate OU students will pay an average of $6,493 for 30 credit hours. Out-of-state students will pay an average of $16,474 per academic year.


University of Oklahoma Regents on Wednesday approved a 9.9 percent increase in tuition and mandatory fees for the coming school year.
The increase means in-state, undergraduate OU students will pay an average of $6,493 for 30 credit hours. Out-of-state students will pay an average of $16,474 per academic year.
The vote comes a week after Oklahoma State University’s regents also approved a 9.9 percent increase in tuition and fees. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will meet Thursday to consider proposed tuition hikes approved by the various boards that govern Oklahoma colleges and universities.
OU President David Boren said he hopes next year the state Legislature will make a major commitment to funding higher education. He said if that happens, students could enjoy what Boren calls a “tuition holiday” with minimal or no increase next year.
Regents also approved a $1.46 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Of that, $772 million will be for Norman campus, with $690 million for the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. As part of the budget, faculty and staff at OU’s main campus in Norman will receive a 2 percent raise, effective in October.
Boren also said the university faces rising costs for utilities and health insurance costs for employees.
“Nothing gives me more frustration than to have to recommend to the board a budget that includes significant increases in tuition and fees,” Boren said.
Boren said the rising tuition rates make OU’s ongoing campaign for scholarship money even more important. He noted that that campaign has raised more than $130 million in total gifts and pledges in less than four years.
In other business, Boren announced the appointment of two deans. Rich Taylor, an Enid native and 1972 OU graduate, will serve as the interim dean of the university’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, while Charles Graham, now an associate dean at Texas A&M University, will become the dean of the OU’s College of Architecture.
Regents also approved the awarding of contracts including $2.86 million to W.L. McNatt and Co. of Oklahoma City for renovations to the Commons Building for the Thorpe Multicultural Center on the Norman campus; $1.97 million to Roscor Corp. of Mount Prospect, Ill., to upgrade video production equipment at OU’s athletic venues; and $2.42 million to Silver Star Construction of Moore for a runway construction and apron rehabilitation project at the OU-owned Max Westheimer Airport in Norman.
The extension of a contract between OU and Nike Inc. of Beaverton, Ore., also was approved. Under the contract, Nike provides athletic apparel, contracts and equipment to the Sooners’ athletic teams. The contract now will run through June 2018.