By Alyssa Dalley-Schofield
Midwest City Beacon
Students at Rose State College won’t see an increase in tuition this year. The college is keeping its tuition and mandatory fees flat for the 2023-24 school year.
“By keeping tuition stable, we aim to remove financial barriers and encourage students from various socioeconomic backgrounds to pursue their educational goals,” said Rose State College President Dr. Jeanie Webb.
The credit hour rate for this upcoming school year is set to be $167.67. For the school year 2022-2023, Rose State made significant raises in their tuition and fees but decided to keep the rate for this school year.
“The decision for one year is not necessarily based on previous years; this year much of the decision was based on an increase in funding from the state,” said Webb. “We would like to thank our state legislators for their increase in funding for higher education.”
Webb said the college evaluates the costs for items such as maintenance, student services and economic and market factors when deciding to raise, lower or maintain tuition and fees.
“We understand that rising costs in higher education are a concern for many. The decision to keep tuition rates flat stems from our commitment to accessible education and ensuring predictability and stability for students and their families,” said Webb.
Overall, undergraduate students in Oklahoma will be paying an additional average of $97.20 for tuition and fees for the upcoming school year.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approval was made at the June 29 State Regents meeting.
“Oklahomans are impacted by inflation and other economic challenges, and the State Regents work to balance their needs with the operating requirements of our colleges and universities, who must maintain academic quality and student support services to continue building our state’s educated workforce,” said State Regents’ chair Michael C. Turpen in a press release.
Among the community colleges, Rose State ranks as the third most expensive community college at $167.67 per credit hour. Oklahoma City Community College had the lowest cost at $135.29 per credit hour.
The University of Oklahoma is the most expensive at $310.39, Oklahoma State University $308.10 and the University of Central Oklahoma at $274.47.