Some engineering, nursing and business students at Iowa’s three public universities would face steeper tuition increases than the average 5 percent base hike proposed for other undergraduates, university officials said Thursday.
During a meeting in Iowa City, the presidents of Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa asked the Board of Regents to raise tuition by an average of 5 percent for resident undergraduates for the academic year that begins next fall. However, double-digit increases are proposed for some programs that university officials say are more expensive to deliver instruction and student services.
The board will vote in March on the proposal, which officials called critical to maintain the quality of education offered at the universities after several years of state budget cuts.
Regent Michael Gartner of Des Moines called it “extremely misleading” for university officials to say tuition would go up by 5 percent when it would jump dramatically more for some students.
“That’s just the beginning,” Gartner said. “We’re talking about an increase for some people that ranges as high as 40 percent.”
The highest increase would be for the U of I’s incoming freshman nursing majors, who would pay 41.4 more than freshmen did this year. Sophomore U of I engineering students would see their tuition jump by 21 percent. Tuition for juniors and seniors studying agricultural systems technology at ISU would jump 14.6 percent. And some UNI business students would pay 11.3 percent more.