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Tuition Change Approved for SWOSU
June 24, 2011
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently finalized tuition and fee increases at Oklahoma universities and colleges, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s tuition was approved for a 5.9% increase for the 2011-12 school year on the Weatherford and Sayre campuses.
All regional universities across Oklahoma were approved for similar increases.
SWOSU’s tuition/fee rate per credit hour for undergraduate, in-state tuition and mandatory fees will be $153 per hour this fall semester on the Weatherford campus. At the Sayre campus of SWOSU, tuition and mandatory fees will be $148.
SWOSU President Randy Beutler said the university’s tuition has only increased $1.50 per credit hour during the past two years. The 5.9% increase approved will help to mitigate state budget cuts to SWOSU during the past two years.
When comparing SWOSU to similar universities across the nation in size and mission, SWOSU charges 68% of what its peers do for tuition and mandatory fees, according to the latest data from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. SWOSU charges $1,911 less per academic year than its peers. When comparing other factors such as books/supplies and room/board, SWOSU charges $2,873 less per academic year than its peers.
In order to help students, SWOSU continues to offer financial aid help to students with financing their college education. Jerome Wichert, director of the SWOSU Student Financial Services Office, said students should contact his office if they have questions about how they may receive financial aid. Wichert said assistance helps more than 70% of SWOSU students pay tuition and living expenses while they pursue their education. The SFS office is open Monday through Friday each week to visit and help students with their needs.
“SWOSU continues to boast 15 nationally-accredited academic programs—most among Oklahoma’s regional universities—and we’ll strive hard to continue keeping SWOSU as the top academic regional university in Oklahoma,” Beutler said. “We know SWOSU is also one of the most affordable universities in the state. But, we must be mindful that we have certain accreditation standards which we must continue to meet in order to stay competitive and those issues often include financial considerations.”
Beutler said the university continues to be frugal with taxpayer dollars and tries not to overburden the tuition-paying student. The university has not filled some open positions and continues to look for ways to save money.