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Oklahoma students voice concerns of college costs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Students who attended the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's public hearing voiced their concerns about college affordability.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2oRyfNS ) reports the state's 25 public colleges and universities enacted tuition increases last year ranging from 3.7 percent to 12.9 percent after the higher education appropriation cut 16 percent.

The regents' meeting is held each spring before approving tuition and fees for each of the state's public colleges and universities.

Students told the regents of the struggles they're facing while trying to earn their degrees.

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City student Ricardo Medina says the cost of books alone, at as much as $1,800 a semester, can be overwhelming for students.

Sophomore Sydney Price says she still can't afford her dream school, Cameron University, even with the scholarships she earned as Anadarko High School's valedictorian.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com


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