Tuition to increase at Iowa’s state universities

Photo by Adam Burke
Photo by Adam Burke

Students at Iowa’s three state universities will see tuition go up for the 2017-2018 academic year, with additional increases for students in higher-cost programs, like the University of Iowa’s engineering program, under a tuition proposal approved by the Iowa Board of Regents on Monday.

The base tuition for resident undergraduates will increase by two percent. At the University of Iowa it will increase by $142 to reach $7,270. Both Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa will see tuition increase by $142 as well, hitting $7,240. Nonresidents will see a larger increase, with a proposed base tuition of $28,052 at the UI, $21,076 at ISU and $17,782 at UNI.

At the UI, the College of Engineering proposed increasing first year tuition by $1,000 for both Iowa residents and non-residents. Second-year residents will see an increase of $1,316 and non-residents will have to pay an additional $1,548.

The tuition proposal also looks at student fees for the upcoming academic year. One recommendation from UI students was a new Mental Health Fee of $12.50, which was approved.

In a statement posted to it’s Facebook page, the University of Iowa Student Government welcomed the new fee, which it called “a testament to the power of student advocacy and a major win for UI students.”

See the regent’s full tuition proposal.

The tuition hike will come regardless of any increase in higher education money from the state, which will be decided by the Iowa Legislature. The regents also stated plans to increase tuition by two percent for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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