A major concern addressed in the plan’s discussion and approval was accommodating students who must work part- or full-time jobs while completing their degrees. Since the adoption of the flat-rate plan will generate some revenue for the university, Boren said these funds will be directed into a scholarship fund for those students who wish to speed up their graduation and need extra financial support.
“Currently, our best estimate is between $2 and $3 million in revenue,” Boren said. “We know that 3,400 students work on campus and most of them are in the 20-hour range for work schedule. It’s extremely difficult to gauge how many students have off-campus jobs and how many hours they’re working, so we’re making help for working students priority No. 1,” Boren said.
Students eligible for work scholarships must be working a minimum of 25 hours per week and wishing to meet the 30-hour-year goal.
“I have a strong feeling for these students. I have students in my class who work 40 and 50 hours per week. This isn’t the average, but it’s a significant number of the student body that needs consideration,” Boren said. “The financial help of scholarships will hopefully allow these students to reduce their work hours and focus on coursework.”
An appeals process for the tuition rate is possible for students in extreme cases.
Fee changes made under the regents’ motion included a housing and food services fee increase of 4 percent for residence hall room and board rates and a 3 percent increase for campus apartments, translating into $168 per semester and $15 to $26 per month, respectively.
“I think this plan keeps us on the forefront of where I believe we should be. We join a majority of public universities in the Big 12,” Boren said.
For more information on the flat-rate tuition policy, visit ou.edu/flat-rate.