The University of Oklahoma Board of regents will consider a change to a flat tuition rate when it meets this week in Ardmore.

The change would have fulltime students, those enrolled in 12 to 21 credit hours per semester, pay the same tuition and mandatory fees. Currently, students pay per credit hour they take.

The new rate is to be based on OU's current 15-credit hour rate. The change would allow students who take up to 21 hours for the rate they currently pay for 15 hours.

For many fulltime students, the change would allow them to save money. Rebecca Funderburg, Ardmore, is a geology major at OU who takes science classes that are often four credits due to labs. She took 19 hours last semester.

"I would pay less because most semesters I take at least 15 hours," she said. "It seems like a good idea to save money."

Pending the approval of the OU regents and the State Regents for Higher Education, the change would go into effect for the fall 2013 semester.

The regents meeting and retreat will take place today through Wednesday at the Noble Foundation Conference Center.

Other topics the regents will discuss include a library renovation project, construction of a modern food services market on the Norman campus and the establishment of a department of medical informatics at OU-Tulsa.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.