At tonight’s student government senate meeting, Iowa State’s state relations officer, Kristin Failor, spoke about the tuition hike, and how the 7 percent Interim President Allen presented ‘just won’t happen.’
Interim President Ben Allen presented a five year tuition proposal for tuition to increase 7 percent through 2022. This was a common concern for students during the selection process for the next president of Iowa State University.
Tonight, Iowa State’s State Relations Officer Kristin Failor said that it will not happen and that the prior plan was quote ‘just not feasible.’
She explained what is known as the Regent cash machine, and state appropriations assumes that there is a bunch of money just laying around.
“We try to do a good job of showing what we’re doing here at the university and also how we don’t just have a bunch of money just laying around,” Failor said. “As a part of that negotiation we’re going to try to keep the increase at a level as long as the state appropriations is at a level.”
Failor said this should be coming sometime in the next couple of months, however she said she can’t provide any concrete numbers currently because they are changing every day.
Senator Dozmen Lee addressed Failor asking how she was sure and if there was any numbers to prove this.
She responded saying that in a negotiation, the first person to name a number always loses. Faylor said that the best case scenario was discussed and proposed understanding thats not what they’ll get, but it will be somewhere in between that and the minimum.
“I can’t tell you what the increase will be, it won’t be 7 percent. I can tell you that,” Failor said. “However it won’t be 1 percent either. It will probably be somewhere in the middle."
The Board of Regents is set to make their decision on the tuition increase this coming December.