The Iowa Board of Regents is convening a Tuition Task Force this summer to discuss five-year tuition strategies at the state’s three public universities. The task force is scheduled report back to the regents in September.
AMES, Ia. — Iowa State University would increase its resident undergraduate tuition by 7 percent in each of the next five years under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by interim ISU President Ben Allen.
Allen told an Iowa Board of Regents’ task force that since 2009 enrollment at Iowa State has surged by 37 percent, while general state appropriations for operations has declined by 30 percent over the same period. Iowa State received $3,700 less in state support per resident student last year than in 2009.
The proposal also recommended a 4 percent increase for nonresident undergraduates and differential adjustments for students majoring in engineering, business and some science, technology and experiential learning programs that have a higher cost of delivery.
“We have reached a breaking point,” Allen said. He warned that the quality of an Iowa State University education, the university’s contributions to the state’s economy and workforce, and its momentum in offering some of the nation’s top-ranked programs are at risk without adequate financial resources.
For resident undergraduates, who are scheduled to pay $7,456 in tuition for the upcoming academic year, the 7 percent increase would raise costs by $522 annually for the 2018-2019 academic year with tuition increasing to $10,457 for the 2022-2023 academic year.
For non-resident undegraduates, who are scheduled to pay $21,292 for the school year starting this fall, they would face an increase of $852 for the 2018-2019 academic year with annual tuition increasing to $25,905 by the 2022-2023 academic year.
The task force members thanked Allen for his presentation, but made no immediate decision Wednesday.
Allen said his proposal anticipates that Iowa State will have no increase in state appropriations for operations over the next five years; that enrollment will remain flat;…