Oklahoma Christian University promotes college affordability with new pricing

Oklahoma Christian University promotes college affordability with new pricing

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Oklahoma Christian University will eliminate all student fees and will not raise students’ total costs for tuition, room and board for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Oklahoma Christian also will expand its block pricing to 17 hours per semester (up from 15).

Tuition for most students taking 12 to 17 hours will be $18,800 per year. Total charges for the typical OC student, including room and board, will be $24,975. That price is far below the national private-school average of $38,589, and is further reduced by financial aid that makes OC’s nationally-recognized education competitive with many state-supported institutions.

“We’ve shown our commitment to affordability over the last decade by keeping our price increases at or below the rate of inflation and below the increases at both public and private schools,” OC president-elect John deSteiguer said. “Strong enrollments and wise financial management have fortified us in this turbulent economy, allowing us to take more steps to benefit students and their families.”

OC’s new pricing increases the opportunity for students and families to shape their costs with technology, housing, dining and other choices that best fit their budgets and needs. Options include the ability to upgrade the standard 11-inch MacBook Air that all fulltime undergraduate students receive as part of their tuition costs.

In addition to their meal plan, students have the option, but are not required, to purchase “Eagle Bucks” for tax-free dining at Alfredo’s, Chick-Fil-A, Jimmy John’s and the OC Grill.

OC’s 17-hour block pricing is aimed at helping students graduate in four years while controlling the costs associated with extra credit hours or extra years in school.

Differential tuition will continue to apply for certain students, such as those taking private music lessons or nursing clinical classes, but the elimination of fees will simplify the college search and decision-making process for students and their families. This approach will allow them to better assess OC’s costs in comparison to colleges and universities that charge course fees and other large fees on top of their tuition “sticker price.” 

In addition to its pricing policy, Oklahoma Christian will continue to promote affordability through student financial services. Ninety-five percent of OC students receive financial aid, including performance and athletic scholarships, need-based financial grants, and governmental assistance.

OC’s Presidential Academic Success Scholarship rewards academic achievement tied to student performance on ACT and SAT exams. The university also offers large scholarships for National Merit Scholars. Oklahoma Christian currently has 30 National Merit Finalists enrolled, including 11 in the most recent new student class.

Overall, the last five years have featured the five largest enrollments in OC history, including 2,193 students for the 2011-2012 academic year. OC’s student body is composed of students from 42 states and 61 countries.

OC’s 200-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City, and borders the city of Edmond. The comprehensive Christian university offers 60 undergraduate majors and 30 additional areas of study, plus graduate degrees in business administration, engineering, ministry and divinity.

Both U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review annually recognize Oklahoma Christian as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States.

“OC’s value is seen not only in our students’ academic success, but in their career success and commitment to Christian service in their communities,” deSteiguer said. “I am grateful to our faculty and staff for serving students with excellence, and to our alumni and friends who make it possible to keep OC’s high-quality education affordable for students from all over the world.”

Click here for more information about OC’s new pricing structure.