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May 20, 2005

Regents approve, parking and residence rates, phase I for new dairy facility

by Anne Krapfl

New parking permit and violation fees will go into effect July 1, following Board of Regent, State of Iowa approval at the board's May 5 meeting.

The fine for unauthorized use of a parking permit will double, from $40 to $80. Numerous moving violations -- driving on campus sidewalks or bike paths, failure to comply with traffic signs, driving around a barricade, for example - will go from $20 to $30. The fine for an expired parking meter will go from $5 to $7.50 and an illegal parking ticket will cost $15 instead of the current $12.

Following are the approved increases in parking permit rates:

Annual permit feesApproved FY06FY05Increase
General staff$108 $1043.8%
24-hour reserved$692$665 4.1%

Student fees

The regents also approved changes to non-tuition related fees for students. (Tuition and mandatory fees were approved in February.) Iowa State will add five fees and eliminate five others next year. The additions include:

  • $220 foreign languages fee to fund remedial instruction (salaries, course materials, media) in French, German and Spanish by students preparing to take a 102-level course in one of those languages
  • $20 new credentials file fee and $5 credentials mailing fee for students in the new College of Human Sciences. These replace three College of Education placement service fees.
  • $636 enrollment fee for graduate students in their final term who have no coursework left to take (but are consulting frequently with faculty advisers and graduate program committees).
  • $10 no-show fee for appointments not kept with Student Counseling Service (to discourage no-shows and use therapists' time more efficiently).

Additionally, Iowa State will eliminate the Praxis I preparation fee (practice tests are available free online) and the MBA course delivery fee (included in tuition-related fees approved in November).

Room and board rates

A double-occupancy room in Richardson Court with full board (17-plus meals per week) will go up $175 or 2.9 percent -- to $6,133 -- under rates approved by the regents for next year. Room-board packages in the Union Drive and Maple-Willow-Larch neighborhoods will increase 4 percent.

Frederiksen Court apartment rates will increase between 1.6 percent and 4 percent, with the exception of when students share a bedroom. Those rates actually will decrease 4 to 6 percent next year. Apartment rates at University Village and Schilletter Village, where occupancy rates have been falling, will see no increase next year.

Most meal packages, available to non-residence hall students as well, will increase 4 percent, as proposed.

The new rates went into effect for summer session.

With tuition and fee increases approved this winter, and the new room and board rates (for shared room, full meal plan), the additional cost to an undergraduate resident student to attend Iowa State this fall will be $383 (3.4 percent increase over last year).

In other business, the regents:

  • Approved a schematic design for the first phase of the College of Agriculture's new dairy/animal science education and discovery facility. The facility will be on recently purchased property south of Ames on land bordered by 260 Street on the north and 520 Avenue (State Avenue) on the west. Construction should begin in September. See
  • Approved a name for the future academic success facility on the east side of campus: the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, for Christina Hixson, sole trustee of a trust established by Ernst and Ida Lied. Since 1995, Hixson has invested $11.3 million from the Lied Foundation Trust in student scholarships at Iowa State.


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