OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Students are urging Oklahoma higher education officials to keep tuition rates affordable.
The Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will set the 2018-19 tuition and fee rates for each of the state's public colleges and universities in June.
Students voiced concerns Thursday about rate increases at the annual public hearing on tuition and fees.
Rachel Woods is a student at Oklahoma City Community College. She says many students fear the next unexpected expense will force them to drop out.
Tuition and fees are the largest source of income for higher education, accounting for more than half of its budget. Once the largest source of income, state appropriations but now make up 28 percent after years of flat and decreased state funding.
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