OSU Regents, meeting today in Tulsa, are recommending tuition and fee hikes of 9.9 percent — which for the sake of simplicity, we’ll just call 10 percent.
For an Oklahoma student working toward their bachelor’s degree, the increase equals about $500 a year.
That’s a lot, or not much, depending on your situation. I don’t know a lot of college students who want to spend half a grand more on tuition. That money could pay for a Spring Break trip to the beach, buy an X-box 360, get 100 pizzas from Little Ceasar’s or hire a private tutor or two so they don’t have to take calculus AGAIN.
But then again, would those students rather that OSU keep tuition the same and not be able to give 3 percent raises to faculty, or pay higher health insurance premiums? If top faculty leave because they can get better jobs elsewhere, the quality of student education will certainly suffer.
It’s quite the dilemma and I’m glad I’m not making the tough choices. It reminds me of the adage, “A cheap education is not good, and a good education is not cheap.”