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UI seeks to increase admissions fees and implement other fees

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fees for applying for admission to the University of Iowa would be increased, and new fees for voluntary career planning and placement services would be implemented under a proposal to be submitted to the State Board of Regents this month.

If approved, beginning with the 1998-99 academic year, the fee for applying for admission to the UI would go from $20 to $30 for domestic students and from $30 to $45 for international students. The additional income will be used to cover higher processing costs resulting from an increase in the volume of applications. The funds will also be used to support an electronic application that prospective students can access through the World Wide Web, UI officials said.

The last increase in the admission application fee was nearly 10 years ago in 1988. The UI's current application fee of $20 is the lowest in the Big Ten Conference and is among the lowest for other public universities of similar size.

The IOWA Advantage career planning service

A voluntary fee of $50 per semester and $25 for summer sessions would fund a new career planning service program for students. The program, "The IOWA Advantage," will provide interested UI students with the materials, technical training and assistance to produce an electronic or World Wide Web-based "Field Experience Portfolio," a collection of the student's work that can be used in obtaining internships and other professional opportunities.

"Employers who interview University of Iowa students realize that their academic preparation is excellent, but they say our students need a better understanding of their strengths and the assertiveness to articulate those strengths," said Jane Schildroth, UI coordinator of Career Development Services. "By assembling a portfolio, students will gain better focus and direction in their career planning. They will also better understand what they offer to employers and graduate schools.

"The use of these portfolios is becoming a benchmark in career development," she added. "Our students deserve this competitive advantage."

Students will be encouraged to participate in the program each year of their undergraduate education. Upperclass undergraduate students would be offered a condensed version of the program.

Voluntary placement fee for nursing students

The College of Nursing is asking for permission to institute a voluntary fee to provide its students with more formal job placement services. The yearly fee would be $12 for current students and $20 for alumni, which is the same fee charged by the UI Business and Liberal Arts Placement Office.

Other miscellaneous fees

The proposal on miscellaneous fees also calls for increases in charges for general course catalogs and transcripts of courses and grades. The fee for the course catalog would be raised from $3 to $5, the first increase since the 1982-84 catalog. The fee for transcripts would go from $4 to $5. The increase is necessary to cover the actual cost of producing transcripts, UI officials said.