With the Iowa Board of Regents facing midyear budget cuts from the state legislature, the governing body must now decide how to return previously allocated funding between Iowa State and the University of Iowa.
The relationship between the amount of state appropriations and tuition that that goes toward the total revenue of Iowa State has changed drastically since 2001. Data from the Iowa Board of Regents.
Additionally, the Regents is looking to raise in-state, out-of-state and graduate tuition rates to help absorb the continued trend of lagging higher education funding by the legislature.
At Iowa State, the Regents are also looking to better standardize differential tuition among both undergraduate and graduate students.
The Regents are set to approve these increases at their June meeting — nine months after the expected tuition proposal in October.
Next year, President Mike Richards said his goal is to set tuition rates for the 2019 to 2020 year by the end of the 2019 calendar year.
So, what’s in the proposal? Here’s a breakdown:
Base tuition increase at Iowa State Undergraduate The Regents are looking at a 3.8 percent base tuition increase among resident undergraduate students increasing their tuition by $284. Non-resident undergraduates may see a 4 percent base tuition increase of $852. If approved, the base tuition increase could generate $5.2 million for Iowa State. However, Iowa State is facing $5.4 million in midyear budget cuts which could still lead to a budget shortfall of $200,000. Graduate Iowa State resident graduate students may see an increase of $358 if the 4 percent proposed tuition increase is approved. Non-resident graduate students are also seeing a 4 percent increase, which would result in tuition increase by $908. Iowa State’s proposed graduate tuition increase is the highest among the Regent universities — 2.9 percent higher than the University of Northern Iowa proposed non-resident increase.
Differential tuition + international student impact + mandatory fees Rate A — Undergraduate Rate A proposes a differential rate of $1,600 over the course of three years for all students — resident, non-resident, as well as international — majoring in science, technology, engineering and math-related programs within the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Human Sciences. Those in studio-based major in the College of Design will have differential tuition factored into the cost “upon entry into the program.” Thirty undergraduate programs will also have differential tuition factored in after the students’ third year. Rate B — Undergraduate
Students in the Ivy College of Business, College of Engineering and the agriculture systems technology and industrial technology programs with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences may see a differential tuition increase of:
$2,612 for resident students, $3,026 for non-resident and international students once fully phased in, Rate B includes a two year-phase in because of an “existing differential rate at the junior and senior levels.” Rate A — Graduate Rate A for graduate students proposes a differential rate of $1600, after being phased-in over three years, in the following programs: agronomy, apparel, event and hospitality management, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, chemistry, economics, entomology, food science and human nutrition, geological and atmospheric sciences, horticulture, kinesiology, mathematics, physics and astronomy, psychology, and statistics. Once the rate is fully phased-in, the differential rates will be the same across all of the colleges affected. Rate B — Graduate Rate B proposes changes to differential tuition rates for graduate students in the Ivy College of Business, the College of Engineering and the agriculture systems technology and industrial technology program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The rate proposal would be $2,612 for resident graduate students and $3,026 non-resident and international graduate students when phased-in. Rate B also proposes a 4 percent increase to all Veterinary Medicine graduate students. All international graduate students are also proposed an additional $542 tuition increase. International students
In 2015, the Iowa Regents approved a $1,500 tuition increase for all international students to be implemented over a three-year period.
The final installment of the increase, $542, is set to be approved this year.
International students will also see increases dependent on their major due to differential tuition.
In addition to base tuition and differential tuition increase, Iowa State students may also face a 5.8 percent mandatory student fee increase of $68.50. In comparison, the University of Northern Iowa is facing a 2.4 percent increase and the University of Iowa may see a 1.2 percent increase.
Here’s the breakdown: $8.50 increase for CyRide $30 building fee increase for Memorial Union renovations $30 increase to the technology fee
Technology fee differentials include: Standard, undergraduate — 11.5 percent increase — $260 to $290 Standard, graduate — 14 percent increase — $214 to $244 Business, undergraduate — 10 percent increase — $300 to $330 Business, graduate — 11.8 percent increase — $254 to $284 Computer Science — undergraduate and graduate — 6.3 percent increase — $476 to $506 Design, undergraduate — 94.6 percent increase — $260 to $506 Design, graduate — 115 percent increase — $214 to $460 Engineering, undergraduate and graduate — 6.3 percent increase — $476 to $506 Veterinary Medicine — 11.5 percent increase — $260 to $290
— By Alex Connor, Emily Berch, Willa Colville, Tristan Wade, Jill O'Brien