Majority of tuition waivers going to out of state students

Monday, April 21st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Nearly half of the tuition waivers granted by Oklahoma public colleges went to out-of-state students.

Figures released by the State Regents for Higher Education show that Oklahoma's two major universities account for the more than half of the $60-million in waivers granted last year.

University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University granted waivers totaling more than $33-million. OSU granted out-of-state waivers amounting to $9.8-million.

OU waived $7.7-million in fees.

Legislators say the state needs to examine its waiver policy as the state struggles to fund education and colleges are considering tuition hikes.

University officials say tuition waivers, which allow out-of-state students to pay in-state costs, lure bright students and research dollars at the graduate level.