Frequently Asked Questions
What is a “block rate” model?
Why did OSU change to a block rate?
What does the block rate include?
What students are affected?
What students are not in the block rate?
How are students taking more than 18 hours charged?
Are all courses counted in the block rate?
Are intersession courses offered in August and December included in block hours?
How does the block rate affect dropping, adding and withdrawing from courses?
Are there any other circumstances where a student may be granted an exception to the block rate?
Undergraduate students taking 12 or more hours will be charged the block rate that includes tuition and University-wide fees. Under this model, the cost for tuition and University-wide fees is the same for students taking 12 to 18 hours in a semester.
- Undergraduate resident block rate = $4,509.00 per semester
- Undergraduate nonresident block rate = $12,269.25 per semester
Additional college-based (such as equipment/technology fees) and course-based fees (such as field trips and online course fees) are assessed on a per credit hour basis.
The block rate encourages students to enroll in at least 15 hours a semester to put them in line to graduate in 4 years. In addition, it saves additional years’ costs for room, board, transportation and other expenses related to attending college, reduces student loan debt, and allows for earlier entry into the workforce. Those taking 16 to 18 credit hours will actually see a decrease in cost from the same number of hours taken when paying per-credit-hour.
The block rate includes tuition and University-wide fees (student activity fees, student facility fees, library automation and technology fee, health services fee, student development fee, daily O’colly fee, academic records fee, academic excellence fee, transit/parking services fee, advising/assessment fee, university technology infrastructure maintenance fee, academic facilities, life safety and security fee and student union renovation fee). Academic Service Fees such as specific course fees and/or college based fees, including online course fees, are not included in the block rate and will continue to be charged on a per credit hour basis.
The block rate affects full-time undergraduate students taking 12 or more hours in the fall and spring semesters.
There are several categories of students not affected by the block rate: students taking less than 12 hours in a semester, graduate students and professional students. In addition, full-time undergraduate students who fall in one of the following categories are automatically charged on a per credit hour basis:
- Students enrolled in 12 to 14 hours in addition to an outreach exception course such as study abroad or travel
- Students who selected the guaranteed tuition program (i.e. tuition lock program) when entering OSU
- Students taking only courses at OSU-Tulsa (does not include online courses)
Undergraduate students taking more than 18 are charged the block rate for the first 18 hours and pay the regular per credit hour rate for each hour over 18.
Courses counted towards the block include:
- OSU-Stillwater courses
- OSU-Tulsa courses (unless taking all OSU-Tulsa courses)
- Online courses (does not include the per-credit-hour online course fee)
- Graduate level courses taken by undergraduate students
- Courses taken at NOC Stillwater (online courses through NOC are NOT included as NOC Stillwater courses)
Outreach exception courses are not charged regular tuition and University-wide fee rates and are therefore NOT included in the block rate. Because these sections are not included in the block rate, banked hours will not be allowed to apply to outreach exception courses in the summer.
Yes, August intersession courses are part of the fall semester and winter intersession courses are part of the spring semester.
If a student maintains between 12 and 18 credit hours, dropping and adding courses does not result in a change in the block rate. College-based and course-based fees may be affected, depending on the drop/add date. See the Enrollment Guide for refund periods.
If a student is originally enrolled in fewer than 12 hours, the tuition and University-wide fees they are charged are based on per credit hour amounts. If a student adds a course putting them at or above 12 hours, there will be an adjustment to their bursar account to reflect the block rate. This will be the case regardless of whether the course is added during the first 2 weeks of the semester, or if a short course is added later in the semester.
If a student paying the block rate drops to fewer than 12 credit hours during the nonrestrictive or restrictive drop/add period, their charges are adjusted to remove the block rate and will reflect per credit hour charges for all coursework.
Withdrawing from a course after the restrictive drop/add period does not affect a student’s block rate status.
Please see the Exceptions & Appeals Process link to the left.