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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Oct. 21, 1999
Regents approve UI tuition increase
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of
Iowa today (Thursday, Oct. 21) passed a 4.3 percent increase in student tuition
for the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern
Iowa. The Regents also approved an additional 2.6 percent increase in UI student
fees. UI President Mary Sue Coleman says the fee increase will be used to
help improve various programs and instructional equipment.
The Regents action means in-state tuition and
fees will increase $206, to $3,204 from $2,998 beginning with the 2000-2001
academic year. Out-of-state tuition will increase $720, to $11,160 from $10,440.
With the approval, student activities and services,
such as student government-sponsored activities, recreational services, Cambus,
and the student union will be funded from specific fees instead of tuition.
Tuition money formerly budgeted for those student activities and services
will be redirected to support academic programs, including student financial
aid, a program to improve students writing skills and improvements to
UI Libraries and instructional equipment.
Colemans plan calls for increasing mandatory
fees by $154 over the next two years -- $76 for 2000-01 and an additional
$78 in 2001-02. When fully implemented, the new fees will generate about $3.8
million a year to cover the costs of student activities and services, and
will allow that same amount in tuition revenue to be applied to support academic
programs and student financial aid.
"Im very excited
about the plan because it allows us to use tuition to invest in important
improvements in our academic programs while at the same time maintaining support
for important student services," Coleman says.
"This is in accord with the way other Big Ten
universities provide funds to support non-academic student services. And even
with the increases, the University of Iowas tuition and fees will remain
the lowest in the Big Ten by a substantial margin."
In 1998-99, the most recent academic year for which
there are comparison figures, student fees charged by public Big Ten universities
ranged from $1,146 at Illinois to $202 charged at Iowa. For that same year,
Minnesota students paid $616 and Wisconsin students paid $406.
This is how the UI wants to use the $3.8 million to
improve academic programs over the next two years:
$600,000 for student financial aid and financial aid services.
$1.1 million to revitalize UI Libraries. That money
will be used to expand library hours; to update library facilities,
including furnishings; to hire full-time librarians in all collegiate
branch libraries; and to hire specialists in electronic resources.
$1 million for an initiative in comprehensive writing
excellence that aims to maintain and enhance the UIs reputation
as "The Writing University." It will include efforts to infuse
writing throughout the curriculum and to offer a certificate in writing for
advanced undergraduate study.
$1.1 million for instructional equipment. This initiative
will improve student access to specialized equipment and instruments
in teaching labs. It will also be used to improve computing access.