I really wonder about our student newspaper reporters. Even though they are OU students who presumably get bursar bills that show DRAMATICALLY how high fees are, separate from tuition, they don't seem to understand that distinction between tuition and fees. So, for example, compare this first paragraph which says a tuition waiver means a "free undergraduate education"
quote The new Dependent Child Tuition Waiver beginning this fall gives all OU faculty and staff’s dependent children and spouses a free undergraduate education in attempt to grow the OU community
with this later paragraph in which the reporter acknowledges (by quoting someone else) that tuition is just that: tuition, NOT fees.
quote The waiver would increase faculty retention as well as generate new funds due to the fees of the dependent students, since the waiver only pays for tuition, Wallace's email said further
. [Corbin Wallace, OU press secretary]
Tuition and fees as explained at the bursar website:http://www.ou.edu/bursar/tuition_fees.html
I am very aware of fees because my students pay an "online course fee" (i.e. PENALTY) of $120 just for the privilege of enrolling in my course... despite the fact that I make half of what a regular faculty member makes, I have no office, and we use no classroom space for the class. For some reason, though, such an online class... costs more.