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Waiver of Non-Resident Tuition Policy

Southwestern Oklahoma State University will provide a nonresident tuition scholarship (NRS) to a full-time student enrolling at SWOSU for the first-time if they meet one of the requirements listed starting fall 2006. Nonresident scholarships are awarded for one academic year (fall semester through summer semester).  See the continuance requirement for information on continuing the scholarship past this first academic year.  In addition to the requirements listed, each student must meet regular standards for admission to the university.  For purposes of this policy a full-time student is one who is enrolled in a minimum of twelve hours during a regular semester or six hours during a summer semester.  Summer scholarships are available. 

First-time SWOSU Students must meet one of the following requirements to receive a nonresident scholarship:

1. The student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or AN eligible non-citizen (ENR)* based on state law, who meets regular admission requirements.  A first-time freshman must qualify under SWOSU’s regular admission standards.  A transfer student must have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.00.

2. One of the student's parents, grandparents, or legal guardians holds a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

3. The student has been (1) selected for membership in, (2) agrees to participate in, and, (3) if offered for university credit, enrolls in one of the following university activities: 

  • Regularly scheduled performing organizations of the university's Department of Music
  • Intercollegiate athletics
  • Intercollegiate forensics/debate/College Bowl
  • Elected cheerleader/Pom Pon Squad
  • Elected officer of SGA
  • Orientation Leader
  • President’s Leadership Class
  • Collegiate Activities Board

Note: The Vice President for Student Affairs may designate other activities to qualify in this category.

*ENR who attends and graduates from an Oklahoma high school must present a signed and notarized affidavit form “Affidavit of Intent” (available in the Registrar’s Office) to receive resident tuition.

Continuance of Nonresident Scholarships

If the student received the initial scholarship under paragraph A or B above, the NRS will be continued for the next academic year if the following two criteria are met:

  1. Newly admitted international students receive no NRS except for those qualifying under 1B or 1C requirements starting fall 2006.
  2. International students admitted prior to fall 2006 with continued enrollment are eligible for a NRS based on requirements in effect when they first enrolled prior to fall 2006   (Scholarship Handbook, 2005 available in Vice President for Student Affairs' office).
  3. When an undergraduate and/or professional student receives an initial NRS under 1A or 1B, the NRS will be continued for the next academic year if the following requirements are met:
  • Student must complete 24 hours per academic year (fall+spring+summer). If the student enters SWOSU during the spring semester, 12 hours must be completed.  If the student enters SWOSU during the summer semester, 6 hours must be completed.
  • The following scale will be used to determine the percentage of NRS the student will receive:
Cumulative SWOSU GPA
3.30 – 4.00
2.75 – 3.29
Percent Nonresident Tuition Waived
100%
50%


NOTE: The Office of Student Financial Services will check completed hours and student GPAs annually in August to determine eligibility for NRS continuance. All grade point averages are based on the 4.0 system.

  1. A student who receives a nonresident tuition scholarship for activities (as described in paragraph 1C) must be admitted to the university and be certified by sponsors of activities approved for participation in the nonresident tuition scholarship program.  These students must maintain a 2.00 SWOSU grade point average to continue the nonresident tuition scholarship.  This is an exception to the general continuation requirement 4, and it shall be monitored by the Bursar..
  2. An undergraduate student may lose the nonresident tuition scholarship because they stopped attending SWOSU, did not complete 24 hours the previous year, or the SWOSU cumulative grade point average dropped listed minimum standards required. It will be reinstated when the student returns and completes an academic year of 24 hours with an approved cumulative SWOSU GPA as stated in requirement 4B.  
  3. Scholarship appeals must be made in writing to the Chair of the Scholarship Committee (c/o Director of Student Financial Services).  A sub-committee will meet at the discretion of the committee chair to discuss these appeals.  Students will be notified in writing of the decision made.
  4. A student may become active in an activity that qualifies them for a NRS after the beginning of the semester.  In that case, the NRS can be retroactive to that present semester.  Notification must be given by the organization sponsor to the business office so that the appropriate credit can be given to that student. 
  5. Certain special requirements apply to graduate students only.  All students admitted to the Graduate School at SWOSU and in good standing are eligible for a nonresident tuition scholarship.  Graduate students are not subject to minimum enrollment requirement (24 hours during the academic year), but must maintain the designated cumulative SWOSU GPA to continue eligibility for a NRS.  Summer nonresident tuition scholarships are available to graduate students without attending as a full-time student the previous spring. The Office of Student Financial Services will check student GPAs annually in August to determine eligibility for NRS continuance. All grade point averages listed are based on the 4.0 system.

    Cumulative SWOSU GPA Percent Nonresident Tuition Waived
    3.30-4.00 100%
    2.75-3.29 50%
  6. When a student continuing to the professional level in the College of Pharmacy receives an initial NRS under 1A or 1B, the NRS will be continued for subsequent academic years if the following requirements are met:

    A. Student must complete 24 hours per academic year (fall+spring+summer). If the student enters SWOSU during the spring semester, 12 hours must be completed. If the student enters SWOSU during the summer semester, 6 hours must be completed.

    B. The following scale will be used to determine the percentage of NRS the student will receive:
    Cumulative SWOSU GPA Percent Nonresident Tuition Waived
    3.30-4.00 100%
    2.75-3.29 50%

    NOTE: The Office of Student Financial Services will check completed hours and student GPAs annually in August to determine eligibility for NRS continuance. All grade point averages listed are based on the 4.0 system.

  7. Zero level courses will be graded Satisfactory “S” or Unsatisfactory “U”. These zero level courses do not count toward graduation and are not figured into the cumulative grade point average. The zero level courses will count toward financial aid, scholarships, veteran’s benefits and athletic ability.

For additional information concerning Non-Resident Waivers, contact the Admissions & Recruitment Office or the SWOSU Bursar. See additional details from the Business Office about Non-Resident Tuition Waivers.