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Cameron tuition goes up, still one of the most affordable

LAWTON, Okla._Universities around Oklahoma are increasing tuition rates starting with this fall semester, and Cameron University is no different.

The $8 per credit hour increase at Cameron University was a result of costs going up, while state funding remained flat. The university's president said as Cameron keeps expanding and renovating buildings, the cost of utilities and maintenance increases.

Those upgrades include constructing new labs and enhancing the Wi-Fi around campus, but some Cameron students are wondering where and when that will happen.

Khadijah Barnett is a junior at Cameron and is studying sports fitness. She says she is unsure of what the university is doing with the increase in fees.

"I haven't seen improvements in Cameron in a while. So, I don't know where this money is going," said Barnett.

Cameron University president John McArthur says he understands that nobody likes to waste their money.

"Very few people are going to applaud when their out-of-pocket expenses go up. But I do think many of the students have responded positively when they can see the benefits they will receive for that increase," said McArthur.

Despite this increase, Cameron is still one of the most affordable universities in the nation. According to data from U.S. News and World Reports, Cameron is in the top five percent in terms of students graduating with low debt. Cameron is also attempting to combat these rates by increasing funding for scholarships and other financial support.

Barnett says she enjoys her time on campus, but still has problems with the financial increases.

"We do have a good education here. We do receive a quality education, but I don't think raising our tuition is going to help us get even better education here," said Barnett.

The Oklahoma State Board of Regents met Thursday morning to give final consideration for the increases, which had already been approved on a lower level. They heard Cameron's presentation about their tuition increase and officially voted and accepted it.

In addition to the tuition hikes, the OU Board of Regents, which governs Cameron University, also approved a $50.8 million operating budget, with more than $38 million dedicated to student instruction, academic support, student scholarships and student services.

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