Tuition will not change for OCU’s 2018-19 school year, but several fees will increase.
President Robert Henry announced the board of trustee’s final tuition and fee decisions in an email to the campus community Oct. 27.
This is the fourth year officials decided to keep tuition rates the same. Fee changes will go into effect for the Summer 2018 term.
Henry listed the primary changes in his email:
- University fees will increase $10 per credit hour, totaling $125 per hour.
- Meal plan fees will increase by six percent.
- Housing rates in renovated rooms in Walker, Banning and Draper Halls will increase by 10 percent.
- Efficiency rooms in Cokesbury Court Apartments will increase by one percent.
The increased fees will not apply to rooms that have recently been renovated. Increased university fees will not apply to students in the Physician Assistant program.
“With increased university budget, a priority will be placed on student services including housing, technology, and the Aduddell Fitness Center,” Henry wrote in the email.
Henry wrote that projected improvements include
- Room remodels on the fifth and sixth floors of Walker Hall,
- ADA room remodel project in Methodist Hall,
- a new fire panel in Walker Hall,
- a boiler system installation for campus housing,
- an HVAC replacement for Walker, Smith, and Draper halls,
- new equipment in the Aduddell Fitness Center, such as “four new Intenza treadmills, five new Intenza elliptical trainers, four new Intenza recumbent bikes and 25 new MYE entertainment cardio theatre systems,” and
- improved Wi-Fi in university housing and across campus.
Olivia Johnston, music and pre-med sophomore, said she thinks students are charged for too much.
“They shouldn’t be charging us on technology because our WiFi hardly works in the first place,” Johnston said.
Abby McBroom, instrumental education senior, said the constant tuition rate did not validate the fee increase.
“People that have full tuition covered still have to pay more in fees,” she said. “That sucks because they already worked really hard for the free tuition, and this school is already so expensive.”
Contributing: Photo Editor Elina Moon