Oklahoma House approves tuition measure

Friday, April 20th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A bill approved Thursday by the Oklahoma House would give higher education regents the authority to raise college tuition costs.

That job is now handled by the Legislature.

The bill lets the state's higher education regents approve tuition increases of up to seven percent for state residents and nine percent for nonresidents each academic year for the next five years.

Tuition for resident medical students could rise up to ten percent a year and nonresident fees could go up 15 percent.

Opponents argue that setting tuition rates is a legislative duty and shouldn't be given to regents.

But the measure was approved by a vote of 70-to-28 and now returns to the Senate.