In an effort to save students money throughout their OU career, a new flat rate tuition and mandatory fees program will be implemented fall 2013. The rate is to be based on OU's current 15-credit hour rate of tuition and mandatory fees. This program allows full-time undergraduate students to enroll in up to 21 credit hours and only pay for 15. Students registered in fewer than 12 hours will continue to pay on a per credit hour basis.
Benefits of Flat-Rate Tuition
Encourages students to graduate sooner which will:
- allow them to enter the workforce earlier and earn one or two years of additional income during their chosen careers.
- save them one or two years of room, board, transportation and other college related expenses.
- reduce student loan debt.
Flat-Rate Tuition Details
- Part-time students (enrolled in 1-11 hours) will be charged tuition on a per credit hour basis. Any undergraduate student registered in 12 hours or more* will be charged a flat rate based on the current 15 credit hour rate for tuition and mandatory fees. Students are encouraged to take 15 or more hours in order to receive maximum benefit from flat-rate tuition.
- College program, technology and course fees will be charged at a per credit hour rate.
- Flat-rate tuition does not apply to Graduate, Law, Advanced Program, and Liberal Studies only students. Those students will be charged on a per credit hour basis for tuition and fees.
- Summer courses will continue to be charged on a per credit hour basis.
- Full-time undergraduate students who are unable to register for 30 hours for fall and spring (but pay the flat-rate) will have the option to participate in the summer session incentive program. This will allow students to have up to 6 hours of their tuition and mandatory hourly fees exempted. Students will be responsible for college, course, academic excellence, and semesterly fees. For example, a student who has registered in 12 hours for fall and 12 hours for spring will receive an exemption for 6 hours of tuition and mandatory hourly fees. May and August Intersession are included in the summer term.
An appeals process has been established for students with special circumstances who are unable to enroll in 15 credit hours. The appeal form must be completed by the student and returned with documentation to the Office of the Bursar for review.
- Students with disabilities.
- Students with fewer than 30 hours remaining until graduation.
- Students studying abroad.
- Students with health issues.
- Students with unforeseen circumstances that directly affect them.
- Students who are under contractual agreements (academic and/or scholarship) with the university that limit enrollments to less than 15 credit hours.
- Students in official University sponsored activities to which he/she commits 25 or more hours per week for a substantial portion of the term.
- Advisor Recommendation Form - available through a student's college level advisor
- Letter from Disability Resource Center
- Proof of study abroad plans/commitment
- Doctor's Note
- Copy of academic or scholarship contract which limits enrollment
- Letter from sponsor of a University activity
- Students must be classified as undergraduates during the summer semester to be eligible to receive reduced charges for banked hours.
- Academic Excellence Fees, College Program and Technology Fees, Mandatory Semester Fees, and Course Specific Fees are not charged at the flat rate, and will not be covered by summer banking
- Banked hours may not be used for development math (DMAT) courses.
- Courses outside of the Norman Summer 2014 term will not be covered.
- Courses covered do include on-campus, online, and OU summer study abroad courses.
- Enrolled hours exceeding the number of hours banked will not be covered.
- No credit will be received for unused banked hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Flat-rate includes undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees. Mandatory fees are:
Health and Wellness Fee, Cultural and Recreation Fee, Academic Records Fee, Academic Advising Fee, International Student Fee, Academic Facility & Life Safety Fee, Student Activity Fee, Assessment Fee, Education Network Connectivity Fee, Library Excellence Fee, Student Facility Fee, Transit Fee, Security Services Fee, Special Event Fee, *Academic Excellence Fee and International Programs Fee.
*Academic Excellence Fees from academic years 2003 and 2005.
Individual course and college fees will be charged on a per credit hour basis. The Academic Excellence Fees based on year of admittance are also charged on a per credit hour basis.
Tuition and mandatory fees for a December Intersession course will be covered by the flat rate tuition. You will be responsible for any additional per credit hour course, college program, college tech and Academic Excellence charges.
Students are charged based on the level of student, not the level of the courses they take. Graduate students will be charged the graduate rate for all the courses they take, regardless of the level of the courses.
Students are charged based on the level of student, not the level of the courses they take. Undergraduate students will be charged the undergraduate rate for all the courses they take, regardless of the level of the courses. As undergrads, students will be subject to flat rate if they are enrolled in 12 hours or more.
You are encouraged to increase your hours of enrollment to receive full benefit of flat rate tuition or bank your tuition and mandatory fees to be applied to summer course charges. If you are unable to do so you may file for an appeal allowing tuition and mandatory fees to be reduced to per credit hour rates.
Your registration in 12 hours will allow you to bank hours for summer. If you are unable to use your banked hours towards summer coursework you may file an appeal to be exempted from flat rate tuition.
The banking option for students is based on 30 hours of registration for the fall and spring semesters. In this instance you would not be allowed to bank summer hours.
Since your total enrollment for the academic year is greater than 30 hours, you will not qualify for an exemption in the spring, even though that semester you are in fewer than 15 hours. This is known as the "Rule of 30," and it follows the same rule that you would not bank if your enrollment totals 30 or greater hours.
You may be eligible to apply for the work assistance tuition waiver. This tuition waiver was established by President Boren specifically to help undergraduate students who work long hours to help pay for their education. For more information and how to apply, go to: https://www.ou.edu/content/scholarships/ou/work-assistance.html.
The work assistance tuition waiver is awarded for the entire academic year if awarded in the fall semester. If conditions of the scholarship are not met, the award is subject to reduction. Students can also apply for the spring only. For more information, go to: https://www.ou.edu/content/scholarships/ou/work-assistance.html or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may file an appeal to be exempt from flat rate tuition.
No, you will not be able to use those hours toward graduate level work. Flat rate tuition applies only to undergraduate students. You may apply for an exemption if you know that you will finish your degree in the spring and do not plan to be able to use those hours banked for summer.
No, hours banked will not roll from one summer to the next.
You are encouraged to find a replacement summer course to take advantage of your banked hours.
Adjustments to accounts will begin after the third week of classes. Once adjustments begin, they will be made within one week of your appeal being approved. Please check oZONE.ou.edu to view your account status. You are responsible for your account, including any service charges incurred while waiting for an appeal to be processed.
No. Those hours are counted towards your total enrollment for the year, and you will not be able to bank them.
No. All attempted hours count towards your total enrollment for the year. For example, if you enroll in 17 hours in fall and drop a 5 hour course with a "W," then enroll in 13 hours for the spring, your total attempted hours for the academic year would be 30 hours, and you would not be eligible to bank any hours for summer.
No. Your banked hours cover tuition (resident and non-resident) and hourly mandatory fees only. The college program and technology fees, academic excellence fee, semester fee, and any other applicable course charges are not included in banked hours. These were not previously charged at the flat rate during the fall or spring semesters.
For additional information please contact:
The Office of the Bursar