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Release: Sept. 5, 2001

UI submits revised Graduate College tuition policy for approval

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 it’s 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.