Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 15, 2012
Senate committee approves measure to simplify
criteria for in-state tuition
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved
a measure to simplify the criteria required for students to be eligible
for in-state tuition at Oklahoma colleges and universities.
Sen. John Sparks,
author of Senate Bill 1624, said the proposal would make it easier for
students to attend the Oklahoma college or university of their choice.
Under his proposal, Sparks said, if a student is a United States citizen
and graduates from an Oklahoma high school, they will be eligible for
in-state tuition rates.
“I want people to know that if they graduate from an Oklahoma
high school and move away, they can always come home and pursue their
educational goals,” said Sparks, D-Norman. “By making it
easier for native Oklahomans to qualify for in-state tuition rates,
we can ensure more people have the opportunity to attend our colleges
and universities and maximize their potential right here at home. This
is a proposal that can provide hope for Oklahomans while giving us a
better chance to compete for high paying jobs.”
Sparks said he was motivated to file the measure after hearing of a
number of instances where students who had graduated from Oklahoma high
schools were unable to qualify for in-state tuition for various reasons.
Under Sparks’ measure, an Oklahoma high school graduate would
be eligible for in-state tuition rates if the student:
• Has been accepted to, and enrolled in, an institution within
the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education;
• Is a United States citizen and an Oklahoma resident at the time
they received their high school diploma; and
• Earned a high school diploma from an Oklahoma Public School.
“It’s important that we fully commit to doing everything
we can to see that our state produces capable and educated workers for
the new economy,” Sparks said. “By making it easier for
students to pursue their education, we are taking a step to translate
Oklahoma’s current economic momentum into lasting prosperity.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Sparks: (405) 521-5553