Explanation of Fees
Western Oklahoma State College’s fees are similar to fees that are assessed at the majority of colleges and universities in Oklahoma.
Mandatory fees are charges that have been submitted and approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. These fees fund the operation, maintenance and development of Western’s infrastructure. The fees benefit students at the institution level, not the individual level.
CHARGED TO ALL ONLINE COURSES:
ELECTRONIC MEDIA FEE
The Electronic Media fee is assessed for only online and ITV courses. This fee provides funding for the operation and maintenance of the institution’s educational technology, including: the online learning management system Canvas, costs associated with the redevelopment of these courses, curriculum and productivity software, computer and network security, and for the technical support necessary for students and to maintain these courses. In the case of an ITV course, it also covers costs for Zoom services, and equipment such as additional monitors in the classrooms, cameras and microphones.
MANDATORY FEES CHARGED TO ALL COURSES:
STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE
The Student Activity fee provides funding to provide students a complete collegiate experience through free on-campus entertainment, cultural and arts events, and student organizations and clubs.
STUDENT CENTER FEE
The Student Center fee provides funds to operate and maintain Pioneer Point.
STUDENT SENATE FEE
The Student Senate fee supports the student senate which represents the students' interest in system-wide policies regarding tuition, financial aid and academics. Representatives of the Student Senate work with Western staff on budget issues and building project planning.
The Infrastructure Fee supports the upkeep of Western’s capital assets, such as buildings, sidewalks, and parking lots.
CULTURAL RECREATION FEE
The Cultural Recreation fee is used to support student participation in orientation efforts which are linked to recruitment and retention of freshman as well as transfer students. Development and leadership opportunities for minority students will also be provided by these resources.
STUDENT ASSESSMENT FEE
The Student Assessment Fee provides funding for evaluation materials to measure the institution’s academic and support programs for continuous improvement of academic content delivery.
The Technology fee provides funding for the enhancement of instructional technology in classrooms and student computer laboratories to include software, equipment, supporting infrastructure, student help desk, and other technology required to provide students technical support required in the classroom.
The Records fee provides funds to allow for no-charge transcripts (on campus), diplomas, class schedule changes, commencement activities, the maintenance of the academic record system, and other academic records services for the life of each student.
The Library fee helps defray the cost of equipment, software, and other aspects to running an online and in person library service. It also provides funding for access to traditional and electronic books and journals, staffing, extended operating hours, and other services to meet student needs.
The Safety and Security fee provides for the assessment and continued implementation of campus safety measures that include improving campus lighting, enhancing police and security services, and the “Rave” emergency notification system to notify students and staff via voicemail, email or text messages should there be an emergency situation.
What is Western Oklahoma State College?
AboutWestern Oklahoma State College, established as Altus Junior College in 1926, is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in Oklahoma...
VisionWestern Oklahoma State College aspires to be the outstanding and innovative community college known for its focus on student success and its service to community and regional development.
MissionThe mission of Western Oklahoma State College is to provide high quality education while ensuring equity, supporting student success, and empowering individuals to become productive members of diverse local, regional, and global communities.