Tuition- and Cost-Free for Oklahoma Residents

OSSM was created by the Oklahoma state legislature in 1983 to provide an advanced education in science and mathematics for its residents. As a state agency, OSSM is funded by the Oklahoma legislature as well as through donations from generous supporters through the OSSM Foundation.

Students who enroll at OSSM and are residents of Oklahoma pay nothing for tuition, fees and room and board. Proof of residency will be required upon acceptance and enrollment.

Out-of-State Students

The state legislature has made a provision that allows OSSM to admit up to 10 percent of its new students from states outside of Oklahoma or international locations.  These students are required to pay for tuition, room and board. Domestic students from outside Oklahoma will pay $36,500 per year for tuition, fees and room and board.

International Students

International students pay $46,000 per year for tuition, fees, and room and board.  Fees include, but not limited to, English language services and a certified host family experience during the holidays and on extended weekends.

Immigration & Visa Information

Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for the admission of different classes of nonimmigrants who are foreign nationals seeking temporary admission to the United States. The purpose of the nonimmigrant’s intended stay in the United States determines his or her proper nonimmigrant classification. F-1 nonimmigrants, as defined in section 101(a)(15)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), are foreign students coming to the United States to pursue a full course of academic study in SEVP-approved schools.

However, public high schools may only enroll an F-1 student for one year. F-1 students cannot spend a year at one public high school and then transfer to another public high school. Public schools are funded through tax revenue and not tuition, F-1 students attending an SEVP-certified public secondary school must pay the full, unsubsidized per capita cost of attending school for one year.

OSSM is working with the Department of Homeland Security (SEVP) and the U.S. State Department to provide a second-year option.  This will enable international students to complete their education with OSSM.

Financial Documentation

Under US immigration law, you must verify sufficient financial documentation of funds available for study in the US for you and your dependents, as applicable. Note: If a financial document is under someone else’s name, the account holder must fill out a Financial Support Letter to be submitted with the financial document.

Financial documents must clearly state bank name or logo, account number (partial is acceptable), account holder’s name, date of statement, and account balance. Date on the financial document cannot be more than 90 days ago.

The student’s financial evidence must be received and should verify that the student has sufficient assets before issuing the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”

Acceptable Financial Documents

  • Scholarship Letters
  • Bank and Investment Statements/Letters
  • Certificates of Deposit and Fixed Deposits
  • Business Accounts (with owner support and proof of ownership)
  • Loans
  • Letter from Sponsoring Agency
  • Certificate of Surrender Value of Life Insurance Policy

**If you have another type of financial document, please submit the financial documentation as requested. We will review your document and let you know if it is acceptable.

Unacceptable Financial Documents

  • Property
  • Valuables
  • Nonliquid Assets and Investments
  • Letter from an Accounting Firm
  • Income Tax Return
  • Support from Another F-1 or J-1 Student who is not spouse/parent
  • Documents Older Than 90 Days
  • Life Insurance Premium Paid Certificate