Oklahoma will raise tuition

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents voted to raise tuition and mandatory fees by 4.8 percent for the 2015-16 school year.

OU President David Boren said he recommended the increase following another cut in state appropriations for higher education. The board approved OU’s proposed budget, which includes tuition increases for undergraduate and graduate students. The proposal now goes to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for approval.

Full-time, in-state undergraduate students will pay $370.50 more in tuition and fees in the coming school year under the proposal. Tuition and fees for nonresident undergraduates will jump $985.50.

The board also approved tuition increases at two other universities it governs: Rogers State University and Cameron University.

The Oklahoma State University Board of Regents voted last week to raise tuition and fees between 4.5 and 4.8 percent at its five campuses.

Boren, speaking at Wednesday’s OU regents meeting, was critical of the Legislature’s decision to cut funding for higher education. Budget figures provided by OU show the Norman campus received a total decrease in state appropriations of $4.7 million, or 3.5 percent.