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September 22, 2013

President Boren, students and parents weigh in on Flat rate tuition

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In addition to the Work Assistance Scholarship program, President Boren said the university studied other univeristies’ implementation of similar policies, such that OU could learn from their trial and error and bring the best flat-rate tuition policy to students and parents.

“We watched other schools and decided we needed to give our students options,” Boren said. “Students can take interim courses, summer courses and online classes.”

Such options allow a student who enrolls in less than 30 credit hours through the end of a spring semester to take summer hours without paying additional tuition and mandatory fees.

Yet students and parents are still not sure the flate-rate tuition policy really benefits them. Charles Martin, of Norman, said as a parent paying the bills, he didn’t care for the change because his daughter, Chelsea Martin, a senior at OU didn’t need to take so many hours her senior year.

“Because of her major, my daughter had taken a lot of summer courses to meet her pre-reqs, so she only needs to take 12 hours to graduate, but I have to pay for extra hours,” he said.

Martin also wasn’t sure students would really benefit from the touted 21 hour maximum.

“What student can really take 21 hours and actually maintain a social life and be involved in campus?” Martin questioned.

Martin may be right that most students will not take more than 15 hours. Melody Vidmar, a sophomore and anthropology and pre-law major, said she had only been planning on taking 12 hours per semester the rest of her time at OU.

“I’m ahead in my major, so I was just planning on taking 12 hours, but now I’ll probably take 15 every semester,” Vidmar said. “Maybe I’ll take pilates...my parents are paying for my education, so I’d rather take a blow-off class than have them pay for me taking nothing at all.”

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