Sunday, February 1, 2009

Another Fee Increase

OU President David L. Boren recommended an approval of a slate of college- and course-specific fee increase at the OU Board of Regents meeting Wednesday

Students in the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the colleges of business, journalism, and arts and sciences will have to begin saving their money. The fees approved by the regents include a $3 per-credit hour addition to the enrichment fee at the Michael F. Price College of Business and a $5 per-credit hour addition to the enrichment fee at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

"It is frustrating," Heather Hall, Advertising sophomore said. "It is like every semester, every year they put their students more in debt to save the flower beds or something! I know that this has been a bad year on the economy, but it has hit all of us."

Boren had hoped to prevent fee increases for this year, but due to a state budget shortfall reaching nearly $600 million, this was difficult. Boren said the new fees will keep OU "treading water" through a difficult fiscal year and hopefully allow the administration to avoid raising tuition and mandatory fees next year. The fees will go into affect Fall 2009.

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