(Oklahoma City-AP) -- In-state tuition at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University has nearly tripled in the last 10 years but the cash-strapped schools are still the cheapest in the Big 12.
Students pay an average of $2,929 per year in tuition and fees at Oklahoma and $3,025 at Oklahoma State.
The Big 12 average is about $3,900.
University of Missouri has the highest tuition and fees for a public university in the Big 12 conference with an average of $5,552 per year.
While Oklahoma's two largest universities are a bargain, they both face major budget shortfalls.
OU expects a $19-million hole in next year's budget, while OSU expects to be about $11-million short.
Legislation has been introduced to allow state regents to increase tuition. Officials say the final amount probably wouldn't exceed the Big 12 average.