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Release: Sept. 13, 2001
UISG leaders address Regents on proposed tuition increase
University of Iowa
Student Government President Nick Klenske today asked the Board of Regents,
State of Iowa, to look to sources other than student tuition increases in
its attempt to improve the quality of education.
The UISG leaders also proposed that the Regents establish
a set tuition rate that would hold throughout a student's entire college education,
and that the Regents consider the effects a tuition increase might have financially
on students and their families. The Regents will vote in October on its proposed
11.5 percent tuition increase for 2002-03.
In a formal address to the Regents, Klenske said that
he recognizes that this year has been a "decision-making" year, given the
condition of the state's overall economic budget, but that particular attention
should be paid to whether a tuition increase might make college unaffordable
for a wide number of students.
Klenske argued that a reduction in funds available
to students through a work-study program have limited students ability to
pay related tuition costs and that while wages remain stagnate and job availability
decreases, other educational costs such as food, heating, and rent have continued
Citing a study on the higher education costs in Iowa,
Klenske says that in 1982, tuition at the UI represented 8 percent of the
medium annual wage of just over $22,000. In 2000 tuition claimed over 14 percent
of an annual wage of just under $24,000.
"With these tuition increases you are forcing out-of-state
students to go elsewhere and shutting the door that makes Iowa an option for
out-of-state students," Klenske says.
The UISG has announced it will hold a "Tuition Tour,"
a series of planned discussions on tuition to take place leading up to the
Regents tuition vote on Oct. 17-18. The UISG is next expected to voice tuition
concerns Sept. 14 on WSUI AM-89.7. For a complete schedule of UISG tuition
related events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uisg
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