Paying for College

OU employees and their dependents may apply for financial aid and scholarships through the Office of Financial Aid on their campus.  

Employees and their dependents may also be eligible for the programs described below.

OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver

The University of Oklahoma offers tuition benefits to its full-time employees for classes taken at the University of Oklahoma.
  • Full-time employees enrolling in regular coursework receive a tuition benefit that waives one half of tuition and several fees for up to 6 hours per semester or 3 hours per summer session.
  • Full-time employees may enroll in 1 course (up to 5 hours) per semester during working hours. Additional enrollment outside of working hours has no enrollment limitations except where enrollment hours are generally limited in individual colleges. Coursework cannot interfere with work responsibilities.
  • To receive the tuition benefit, special permission should be obtained from your supervisor and department head. Read Section 4.5 of the Staff Handbook for details.
  • Arrangements may be required to make up work from time spent in class. Check with your supervisor.
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Contact the Bursar's Office where you are enrolled.
  • Norman (405) 325-3121
  • HSC (405) 271-2433
  • Tulsa (918) 660-3491

Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan

Use Payroll Deduction to Save for College – When you're looking at ways to save for college for your kids, your grandkids, or even yourself, consider the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan. It let’s you save for college by investing your money now and watching it grow. When it’s time for college, the earnings spent on eligible college expenses are tax-free. Plus, you can have the amount you want to save deducted directly from your paycheck, before you can even consider spending it on anything else.

Steps to investing in the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan

  1. Review the Oklahoma College Savings Plan website.
  2. Click here to enroll online (scroll to the bottom of the page). Or click here to complete the paper enrollment packet and the payroll deduction form.
  3. Submit a copy of the payroll deduction form to the Payroll office on your campus. Payroll deduction cannot be set up unless the university has a copy of this form.
  4. Keep a copy for yourself and submit the original enrollment forms and payroll deduction form to the addresses indicated on the forms.

OU Dependent Child Tuition Waiver

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved new tuition assistance for children of OU Employees. The new Dependent Child Tuition Waiver program will waive tuition for undergraduate students who are also enrolled as dependents in the university’s medical insurance plan.

The waiver will cover the full cost of resident tuition, excluding associated fees. This program supports the university’s commitment to family and community values, recruiting and retaining high performing employees, and remaining competitive with other comprehensive research institutions. Find information about eligibility and applying on the Office of the Bursar's website

Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness

The federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their federal Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers including the University of Oklahoma. Review the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program here. 

Submit Form to HR: Employees must use the Employment Certification form to track their eligible employment in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. To complete Section 3 and Section 4 of the form, submit your Employment Certification form to Human Resources at ohr@ou.edu or to by mail to your campus HR office.

Questions? Contact Human Resources about certifying employment or Jehan Parekh in OU Financial Aid about program details.

Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students

Your child may be able to get a head start on college classes at OU. Through Concurrent Enrollment high school juniors and seniors can enroll in college classes at a discounted cost and earn college credit while still in high school. Choosing Concurrent Enrollment allows young students to explore academic interests, challenge themselves, and gain valuable experiences and college credit before graduating high school. Learn more about Concurrent Enrollment here.