NSU maintains their place on affordability despite recent tuition increases
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NSU maintains their place on affordability despite recent tuition increases

Published 8/30/18

Omar Ortiz Vega

TNE Writer

During the summer, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition and fees for the state’s colleges and universities. As students arrive on campus, they are questioning the current raise of their tuition.  

“The president and the cabinet determine what they are going to ask the board of regents, as far as tuition and college fees,” said Aileen King, bursar services administrative secretary.

Even though tuition for the school year has increased by 5 percent, NSU remains one of the most affordable four-year institutions in the state.

“Our tuition increases are usually the lowest or close to the lowest because we understand this is what our students need,” said Ben Hardcastle, University Relations vice president. “One of the ways we try to help students is to keep tuition as low as we can and to spend the dollars we have as wise as we can.”

NSU is the third most affordable regional university in Oklahoma behind Langston University and Cameron University. These public institutions have also faced a tuition increase this past summer. NSU’s total tuition and mandatory fees increase was of $315 dollars, per year based on a full-time student taking 30 credit hours in a school year.

“My tuition increased about $700 more than it used to be, but I am also in three online classes,” said Amethyst Tarhuini, Broken Arrow senior. “I believe NSU has done an amazing job at keeping my tuition down and not hurting me financially.”

The cost for providing higher education is growing, yet universities are receiving less and less state funding. In turn, they must make up for it by raising tuition rates. In the last three to four years, the cuts have been dramatic due to state revenue. In 1999, NSU received around $25 million from the state for funding. When considering inflation, it could be projected that the school would receive more funding now, yet this year they received around $24 million.

 “We do try through scholarships and other ways to make it as affordable as we can for students,” said Hardcastle. “President Turner and the cabinet are extremely aware of the challenges our students face and he has really emphasized scholarships.”

According to the scholarships office, around 65 percent of undergraduate students are receiving some form of grant or scholarship to help them through school. Many factors are put into consideration when scholarships are being awarded. However, the demand for scholarships is growing greater than the funds that are available.

 “Students may not realize this, but finding out who their state representatives are and sending them an email is one of the most powerful things they can do,” said Hardcastle.

Hardcastle also said state representatives are individuals that ran for office to represent the people. He feels higher education’s voice in state politics has not been as loud as it should be and it is time for that to change. 

“It means more that anyone might think,” said Hardcastle. “The representatives are really interested in what students have to say. If a student talks to a member of the house or the senate, they pay attention.”

For more information regarding tuition and mandatory fee rates, visit https://offices.nsuok.edu/admissions/tuitionfees.aspx


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