October 24, 2003
Regent approval of modest tuition hike looks likely
by Anne Krapfl
Presidents of the three regents universities and the student governments at
the three universities endorsed a tuition and fees proposal presented Oct.
16 to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The regents will vote on the
proposal, which would cover rates for the 2004-05 year, at their November
"My most serious concern is maintaining the quality of our educational
program," President Gregory Geoffroy told the regents. "I think that's what
students want, and what Iowans want."
Geoffroy also told board members that the proposed tuition increases would
not allow Iowa State to self-fund salary increases for its employees next
year, as it did completely this year and partially last year. He said it
would be very important for the Legislature to approve full state funding
for salaries during the 2004 session.
As proposed by the regents staff, tuition for resident undergraduates would
increase $360 (from $4,342 to $4,702), an increase of 8.3 percent. Tuition
would increase $720 for non-resident undergraduates (from $13,684 to
$14,404) or 5.3 percent.
Tuition for resident graduate students would increase $450 for the year
(from $5,038 to $5,488) or 8.9 percent. Tuition would increase $900 for
nonresident graduate students (from $14,214 to $15,114) or 6.3 percent.
As proposed, undergraduate mandatory fees would go up $38 for the year, from
$686 to $724. The largest increase would be in the student services fee,
which would go up $20 to allow students to ride CyRide buses for free.
Carver Hall remodel
In other business, the regents gave Iowa State permission to hire an
architect and begin planning for a remodel of 24,000 square feet in Carver
Hall, which becomes available when the College of Business moves to the new
Gerdin building. That move begins in December. The English and math
departments will move into most of the space. Other scheduled new tenants
for Carver Hall are the Program for Women in Science and Engineering, Office
of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted (OPPTAG), the new
Institute for Science and Society and the ethnic studies program. Several
large general university classrooms also will be added in the space.
The regents' next meeting will be Nov. 11-12 in Cedar Falls.
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