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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 mandatory fees.

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.