Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 14, 2013
Sen. John Sparks
Senate approves in-state tuition measure
The state Senate this week approved a measure that
would broaden the number of high school graduates eligible for in-state
tuition at Oklahoma colleges and universities.
Under Senate Bill 423, authored by Sen.
John Sparks, individuals who receive a diploma from an Oklahoma
high school will always be eligible for in-state tuition. Sparks
said his bill would give more people an opportunity to further their
education at Oklahoma colleges and universities and compete for
“The children of Oklahoma families, some who have lived, worked
and paid taxes in our state for generations, shouldn’t lose
eligibility for in-state tuition if they leave the state for a few
months or years after graduating high school,” said Sparks,
SB 423 would also allow Oklahoma high school graduates who attend
college in another state to be eligible for in-state tuition if
they choose to return to Oklahoma for graduate school.
“Our high school graduates should always be welcome to come
home and pursue their dreams in their home state,” Sparks
said. “This is a proposal that can provide hope and opportunity
for a number of Oklahomans, while expanding our pool of educated
Sparks noted that students who come home to advance their education
are more likely to stay home.
“Ultimately, this is legislation that can bring back our best
and brightest, create jobs and fight brain drain,” Sparks
said. “We need to improve access to higher education, and
I’m pleased my colleagues stood with me to make that goal
more attainable for Oklahomans.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Sparks: (405) 521-5553