By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Students at Rose State College will be paying more in mandatory fees next semester.
But many will be paying less overall.
The college combined two student fees related to technology for the 2022-23 school year. An electronic media fee of $15 per credit hour has been eliminated. The fee was paid by about 60% of students who were taking certain online or hybrid classes. An existing student technology services fee – paid by all students – was increased from $5 to $13.50 per credit hour.
College officials said the decision to restructure fees did not increase revenue for the college.
The single fee will support digital learning products utilized in every course such as learning management systems, streaming services, and network technologies, officials said.
The change results in a 5.3% overall increase in tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming school year. Students will pay $167.67 per credit hour, which is $8.50 more than in 2021-22.
The new figures do not reflect the deletion of the $15 per credit hour academic service fee which had been approved earlier this year, school officials said. Rose State’s tuition rate is also staying flat at $125.95 per credit hour.
Rose State College president Jeanie Webb said the changes to the fee will provide better transparency.
“Our goal at Rose State College is to always do what is best for the student. The fee restructuring simplifies our fee structure and provides clarity on what the fee is actually covering. If there is one thing that COVID-19 taught us, it is that every student utilizes Canvas, our online learning management system. The fee reallocation distributes this technology cost more equitably to all students,” she said in a statement.
The new fees and tuition were approved by the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education last week as part of the budget process.
Rose State originally sought a 7.7% overall increase in tuition and mandatory fees at a June 23 meeting with the state regents. Webb explained their plans to eliminate the academic service fee. Some of the regents expressed concern about increasing costs for those students who are not currently paying the academic service fee.
Webb said they would need a 5.3% increase to not lose funding. The state regents approved the smaller increase of 5.3% at a special meeting on July 6.
Rose State’s 5.3% increase in tuition and mandatory fees was the largest increase of any college or university, according to the state regents. Community colleges saw an average increase of 1.6% including six (Connors State, Eastern Oklahoma State, Murray State, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Oklahoma City Community College, and Redlands Community College) which keep their costs flat.
Rose State ranks third among community colleges for tuition and mandatory fees. Redlands Community College is the most expensive at $178.51 per credit hour and Murray State is next at $172 per credit hour.
The school had an enrollment of 8,910 unduplicated students for the 2021-22 school year, including summer, fall and spring semesters.