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How affordable is an OCU education?

Is OCU affordable? How does OCU compare in terms of costs to other Oklahoma universities? Can I afford a private college education? How much does an OCU education cost? These are a few questions we hear often, and we want to give you some answers!

It’s no secret that college is expensive, but a private education at Oklahoma City University can be more affordable than you might think. While the “sticker price” of an OCU education may be higher than an education at some public universities, after factoring in financial aid through tuition discounts, grants, and scholarships that nearly every OCU student receives, the actual cost is comparable to public universities in the surrounding area.

The average first-year student at OCU receives more than $21,000 in financial aid. That’s more than double the average at Oklahoma flagship public universities, according to usnews.com.

Another factor that weighs heavily in favor of OCU’s affordability is the ability to keep costs flat from year to year. For the 2022-23, 2021-22 and 2020-21 school years, OCU has kept the cost of tuition and fees the same, including housing and meal costs.

In fact, OCU has worked to keep costs generally the same for the past 10 years. Meanwhile, public universities continue to raise tuition and fees year after year. For the 2021-22 school year, Oklahoma State University raised tuition and fees by 2.5%, the University of Oklahoma by 2.75% and the University of Central Oklahoma by 2.7%, while OCU kept costs the same.

OCU’s independence gives us the freedom to control costs without regard to the budget issues and changes of the state government.

Worries about cost shouldn’t hold you back from getting the best education you can. That’s why we’re working hard at OCU to keep costs manageable and offer significant financial aid for our students. If you have further questions about paying for college, our Financial Aid department is here to help guide you.

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