IOWA CITY – The state Board of Regents today unanimously approved a tuition freeze next year for in-state undergraduate students at Iowa’s three public universities, a move regents said is tied to the universities getting a 2.6 percent increase in state funding for next year.
The board, in a telephonic meeting originating from Ames, approved the tuition proposal with no discussion. The board discussed the proposal and heard presentations from the three university presidents and student government leaders at the October meeting, so this was the second reading of the issue.
The University of Iowa and Iowa State University student government leaders in October said they support the tuition freeze for 2013-14. The University of Northern Iowa student government president at that time said student leaders there did not support a freeze, because they fear it may negatively impact UNI since it relies so heavily on in-state students. About 85 percent of UNI’s tuition revenues come from in-state undergraduates, officials said.
The tuition freeze next year is contingent on the state increasing funding by 2.6 percent for the universities, something that will be decided in this spring’s legislative session, and on the state allocating an extra $4 million to UNI for budget challenges, the regents have said.
If those steps aren’t met in the coming session, board leaders have said they will revisit the tuition rates.
The UI, ISU and UNI presidents all said they support the tuition freeze.
Resident undergraduate tuition next year remains $6,678 at the UI and $6,648 at ISU and UNI. ISU seeks no increase to mandatory fees for undergraduates, while the UI asks a $4 increase to fees and UNI a $50 increase, a portion of which will go to replace general education money to the athletics department.
The tuition increase for out-of-state undergraduates will be 2.6 percent at the UI and UNI, and 2.35 percent at ISU.
Tuition for resident graduate students will increase 2.6 percent at the UI and 1.2 percent at ISU next year. UNI will not increase tuition for in-state graduate students.