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Release: Oct. 20, 2000
Regents pass tuition increase for the UI
IOWA CITY-- The Board
of Regents, State of Iowa, voted 7-1 yesterday (Oct. 19) to approve a University
of Iowa request to increase resident tuition and mandatory fees by 9.9 percent
for the 2001-02 academic year. The Regents also approved a 9 percent tuition
and fee increase for non-resident students, a figure that includes a 1 percent
tuition surcharge, the proceeds of which would be used to help the UI provide
scholarships for non-residents.
The Regents also approved 9.9 percent tuition and
fee increases for in-state students at Iowa State University and the University
of Northern Iowa. Non-resident tuition and fees will go up 8.2 percent at
UNI and 8 percent at ISU.
The only dissenting vote came from Regent Lisa Ahrens,
a student at Iowa State University.
Under the 2001-02 fee schedule, tuition and fees for
in-state UI students will increase by $318 to $3,522 per year. Non-resident
students will pay an additional $984 for a total of $11,950. Both figures
are for students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, the largest of the
UI's 11 colleges.
For in-state students, the total bill includes $3,116
for tuition and $406 for mandatory fees. Out-of-state students will pay $11,544
in tuition and $406 for mandatory fees.
The 1 percent tuition surcharge for out-of-state students
will generate funds to help boost the UI's enrollment of non-resident students
by offering scholarships academically qualified-students. On a recommendation
by the UI Student Government, UI administrators agreed to allow the UI to
use the surcharge to help provide scholarships for non-residents already enrolled.
The plan originally called for providing scholarships only to new students.
UI President Mary Sue Coleman has spent many months
meeting with students, student government leaders, and others about the impact
of the tuition and fee increase. She has said that she will continue to let
students know how the UI plans to use the additional revenue for tuition and
Under the UI's plan, tuition and fee proceeds will
be used for:
- Maintaining student aid percentages
- Funding quality initiatives such as continued modernization
of auditoria and classrooms;
- Next-generation science faculty recruitment and start-up;
- Retention of students;
- Improved electronic connectivity;
- Common gathering place furnishings;
- Opportunities for women's athletics.