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.






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

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 lets 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 contributed directly from your bank account, before you can even consider spending it on anything else. (Note: Payroll deduction to a 529 savings plan is not available to OU employees.)

Learn more on the Oklahoma College Savings Plan website. The CSPN website is also a great resource to learn more about 529 plans and college tuition.

OU Dependent Child Tuition Waiver

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved new tuition assistance for legal children of OU benefits-eligible employees with at least 0.75 full-time equivalency (FTE). 

The waiver covers 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. 

You can learn more about the program by visiting

If you are ready to submit, please visit for instructions. 

Questions? Contact 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.