Higher Education
9:10 am
Fri June 21, 2013

OU: Flat-Rate Tuition, No In-State Increase Next Year

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma says it will start offering students a flat-rate tuition and mandatory fees this fall.

OU President David Boren announced Thursday that full-time undergraduates taking between 12 and 21 credit hours per semester will pay a rate based on the university's current 15-credit hour rate for tuition and mandatory fees.

“Changing from a per-credit hour basis to a flat rate encourages all of our students to complete their degrees in a shorter period of time and get the best possible value for their tuition and fees dollar,” Boren said in a statement.

The flat-rate won't apply to students enrolled in undergraduate health-related programs at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

Many schools in the Big 12 already offer flat-rate tuition, as well as many other public universities across the country.

The university also announced it will not increase in-state tuition this year. Boren says the goal is to increase the graduate rate and lower costs by providing an incentive to graduate in four years.