The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition increases Thursday for 25 of Oklahoma’s 26 state colleges and universities, the Associated Press reports. The average increase is 5.2 percent, said regents Chancellor Glen Johnson, but they range from 2.8 percent at Oklahoma State University to 7.9 percent at the University of Central Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma’s tuition will go up 3 percent. Johnson said the regents took into account the impact that rising tuition has on students and their parents.

“I think the action today reflects that and reflects the sensitivity to students and parents’ needs,” Johnson said, “but also provides a mechanism to continue to provide a great higher education opportunity at a very affordable cost,” said Johnson.

Annual tuition for full-time out-of-state students will rise by an average of 5.1 percent, or $501 per year. Connors State College in Warner did not seek to raise tuition, but was given approval to increase mandatory fees by $150 per year for full-time students…

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