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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 to increase.

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 or e-mail