State regents approve tuition, fee increases
Thursday, July 1st 2004, 5:39 am
By: News On 6
(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Students will be paying more this fall to attend public colleges and universities across the state.
State regents gave final approval Wednesday to increases averaging 9.2% at state colleges and universities.
An analysis of the higher education budget shows nearly 75% of the new funding comes from tuition and fee increases.
Higher Education Chancellor Paul Risser says he's concerned about the lack of state-appropriated funds in the budget. In the past 16 years, state appropriations have dropped from providing three-quarters of the higher-education budget to providing only half.
Risser says a continued drop will result in larger class sizes and a lower quality of education.