Thursday, January 29, 2009

Some Students Show Dissent to Fee Increases

The OU Board of Regents approved fee increases Wednesday that will only affect certain colleges; however, some out-of-state students view this increase with scorn.

The approved fees include $3 per-credit hour addition to both the College of Arts and Sciences' and Michael F. Price College of Business' enrichment fees, as well as a $5 per-credit hour addiction to the Gaylord College of Journalism. The regents said this increase is necessary to expand instructors in the affected colleges. Some students, however, dislike the idea of more tuition increase.

Michael Heineman, Advertising Sophomore, said he feels the fee increase is unfair to out-of-state students who already pay more than other students. Heineman also said he feels the increase in fees is an addition to students' money woes due to the already rise in living expenses.

"It may not sound like a lot of money, but it adds up over time," Heineman said. "It stresses my parents out. I think it will push out-of-state students away from OU."

Heineman said that he does not pay for college, but others like him say they may consider getting jobs to support the rising fees.

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