OSUIT Has Lowest Tuition Increase in the State

OKMULGEE, Okla.  –A 2.4 percent undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fees increase was approved for Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology by the State Regents for Higher Education on Thursday, June 24, 2010.This was well below the average 5.1 percent system average increase at other universities across the state.The tuition and fee increase for in-state residents will go into effect for the 2010-11 school year.

“Given the general state of the economy and the number of people unemployed in Oklahoma, we are always mindful of our students’ ability to pay for college,” says Dr. Bob Klabenes, president of OSUIT.“Our goal is to allow people of all socio-economic levels an opportunity to earn a college education with the least amount of debt. We think having affordable tuition and fees is the key to making that possible.”

Deborah McIntyre, OSUIT’s Vice President of Fiscal Services, says, “We decided to raise undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fees a minimal amount, and the increase will help the institution cover mandatory cost increases and to offset expenses for the university because of the expected 3.3 percent cut in state appropriation.Also, students can expect to see enhancements in new and emerging technologies throughout the academic year, which is critical to job placement upon graduation.”

OSUIT operates on a trimester calendar and student enrollment increased in the double digits each term and is expected to increase during the upcoming academic year, according to Klabenes.“Increased student enrollment is a key factor to minimizing future tuition and fee increases while increasing the quality of the institution’s academic programs.”

At universities nationwide, the average tuition increase is about 6 percent, according to Ben Hardcastle, spokesman for the State Regents.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is one of the five campuses of the Oklahoma State University System and is located in Okmulgee.OSUIT offers high-quality, advancing technology programs in more than 20 technical professions, planned and guided with the support of leading corporations and companies.The institution’s strong linkage with employers has assured that its graduates have secured good paying jobs with career advancement potential throughout the current recession.

Students interested in enrolling at OSUIT are encouraged to apply for financial aid, which includes scholarships, federal and state grants, work study programs, tribal grants, and federal student loans.OSUIT offers Associate in Applied Science degrees, Associate in Science degrees and Bachelor of Technology degrees.

Updated 06-25-2010

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