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Release: Sept. 5, 2001
UI submits revised Graduate College tuition policy
University of Iowa graduate students who have completed
comprehensive exams would be required to pay a minimum of two semester hours
in tuition for each semester they are enrolled under a revised Continuous
Registration Policy being submitted to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa
at its September meeting.
John Keller, interim dean of the Graduate College,
said the UI administration was asked last spring to review and revise the
policy to more closely mirror the policy at Iowa State University. He said
the final version of the plan reflects input from graduate students, who expressed
concerns about changing the current policy under which graduate students may
pay a fee of only $70 per semester after completing comprehensive exams. This
year, tuition for two semester hours in the Graduate College is $412.
Keller said the new tuition structure allows the university
to collect fees from students who are using university services and who receive
benefits by virtue of their student status.
"Regardless of where they are -- whether its
here on campus or somewhere outside Iowa City -- graduate students are using
university resources and have access to materials at other institutions based
on their status as University of Iowa students," he said. "So it makes sense
that the students should pay tuition for those services and access."
The new policy applies to all graduate students, regardless
where they live and work, although students may petition for exemption in
cases of extenuating circumstances including -- but not limited to -- medical
or maternity leaves, personal or family situations, or military obligations.
Pending approval from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the policy will
be implemented in fall 2003.