The Norman Transcript


September 22, 2013

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



Fellow sophomore Becca Walton said she didn’t have any problem with the change.

“I’ve always taken 15 credit hours, so I’ll just keep doing the same.”

Freshman Chloe Holt, Madeline Leathers and Amanda Helm spouted similar thoughts of no concern and an easy going attitude regarding flate-rate tuition. Helm said she planned on taking 15 hours every semester and was just going to go with the flow, and while Holt agreed, she added that she thought it would motivate her to graduate sooner.

OU does offer exemptions to students from the flat-rate tuition and mandatory fees in the situation it is not possible or advisable for a student to take 15 hours of credit. Hamilton explained a student needing fewer than 15 hours to graduate or a student studying abroad without access to 15 hours of credit might qualify for such an exemption. So far the university has had approximately over 600 appeal petitions filed with more than 500 of those appeals granted, Hamilton said.

Junior Kristen Cash, a human relations major, said she was counting on such an exemption.

“So far the change hasn’t negatively affected me,” Cash said. “But my senior year, I’ll only need to take nine hours each semester, so I plan to appeal.”

Even though there are so many varying opinions on flat-rate tuition, students said they are adapting, and the university said it is happy about its decision.

“Even though it’s too early to know if we’ve gained revenue from the flat-rate tuition policy, overall this is a winning situation,” Boren said.

Katherine Parker


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