The University of Oklahoma has launched a program to assist students with tuition costs. OU says it will invest $1.5 million each year in Crimson Commitment to make college more affordable.
“A student who is enrolled in OU’s Crimson Commitment will not have to pay tuition and, combining outside and OU resources, up to $8,000 in student fees for four years,” a news release says. “The new program will be implemented beginning in fall 2019 for both incoming and current resident students who are recipients of Oklahoma’s Promise.”
A school official said the university decided not to raise tuition and fees like is commonplace annually, but to prioritize “affordability so access to an OU degree can be more attainable.”
Crimson Commitment cover the tuition and average fees for both incoming and current resident students who are recipients of Oklahoma’s Promise. An OU student who is taking 15 credit hours per semester in the OU College of Arts and Sciences typically has about $4,000 in student fees per semester, the university says.
Crimson Commitment is offered through a combination of federal, state and institutional aid sources. Crimson Commitment is OU’s partnership with Oklahoma’s Promise, which is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Oklahoma residents whose annual family income does not exceed $55,000 may enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise between eighth and 10th grades to earn a scholarship for college tuition. While Oklahoma’s Promise will pay for students’ tuition, Crimson Commitment was created to help students cover their fees up to $8,000. Scholarships and grant money a student receives reduces the sum.
To qualify for Crimson Commitment for the 2019-20 school year, an incoming freshman must:
1. Qualify fully for Oklahoma's Promise
2. Apply to OU by the Feb. 1 deadline
3. Be admitted to OU as a direct-from-high-school, first-time, full-time freshman
4. Complete a FAFSA by March 1 of senior year of high school
5. Enroll as a full-time student each semester
The program is an upgrade and a replacement to the previous Sooner Promise program. Current OU students receiving Sooner Promise will automatically be a part of Crimson Commitment as long as they meet the renewal requirements. Currently, close to 2,000 students on OU’s campus are receiving Oklahoma’s Promise.
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