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8.02 Tuition

A.  Tuition Policy

Iowa law (Iowa Code §262.9.24) requires the Board to adopt a policy for establishment of tuition rates that provide some predictability for assessing and anticipating changes.

B.  Classifications of Residents and Nonresidents for Tuition

1. General 

The rules for classification of a student as a resident or nonresident for tuition and fee purposes are found in the 681 Iowa Administrative Code 1.4. Those rules include general residency guidelines, with specific discussion of military personnel, American Indians, refugees, and immigrants. The rules for classification are extended to be in full compliance with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act).

2.  Graduate Assistants and Spouses

Nonresident students with graduate assistantships of 1/4-time or more retain their nonresidency classification, but are assessed Iowa resident tuition and fees as long as the graduate assistantship is continued.

The spouse of a nonresident 1/4-time or more graduate assistant is eligible for Iowa resident tuition during the period of the assistantship appointment. Iowa residency is not granted. When the graduate assistantship ends, the resident tuition assessment for the spouse is terminated. 

C.  Principles for Setting Tuition and Related Fees

The following principles will be used to set tuition and related fees at the three public universities governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, for the years FY 2007, FY 2008, and FY 2009, consistent with its Partnership Plan for Transformation and Excellence:

1. Tuition Categories:

a.  Resident Undergraduate Students

b.  Resident Graduate Students

c.  Nonresident Undergraduate Students

d.  Nonresident Graduate Students

e.  Resident Professional Students

f.  Nonresident Professional Students

2.  On an annual basis, the Board of Regents will consider tuition and fee proposals suggested by each university president for the following academic year at their university.

3. Within each tuition category, each university president will have sufficient flexibility, with appropriate justification, to recommend differential levels of tuition and fees for all students at their university or for subcategories of students, consistent with Regent and institutional strategic goals, based on student classification level, program of study, or other relevant criteria.

4. The Board will use, as a benchmark in evaluating university-proposed tuition and fee increases, an inflationary percentage range of the projected HEPI (Higher Education Price Index) as determined by the University of Iowa’s Institute for Economic Research, in consultation with economists at Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

5.  University Tuition and Fee Proposals

Prior to submitting tuition and fee recommendations to the Board Office for review and analysis, each university president must:

a.  Ensure that tuition and fee proposals are discussed on campus with the elected leadership of faculty, staff, and student organizations.

b.  Keep the other two university presidents fully informed throughout the development process of tuition and fee requests.

c.  Use the HEPI benchmark as a guide to Board expectations for rate increases, absent adverse changes in the overall fiscal environment for the university.

d.  Provide clear explanation and justification for all tuition and fee requests.

e.  Any mandatory fee proposal higher than the median of the HEPI range and earmarked for specific non-academic student benefits should also include the endorsement of students and identification of the specific uses and duration of the fee.

f.   Provide specific documentation of the university strategic goals and objectives related to the tuition and fee proposals.

g.  Tuition for nonresident undergraduate students should, at a minimum, cover the full cost of their education at each Regent university.

h.  Provide student financial aid to meet enrollment and tuition cost calculated as a  minimum of 15% of tuition revenues.

    Prohibit the designation of a portion of the tuition moneys collected from resident undergraduate students by institutions of higher education governed by the board for use for student aid purposes.  However, such institutions may designate that a portion of the tuition moneys collected from nonresident students be used for such purposes. (Iowa Code §262.9.19) (2013).

6.  All initial proposed tuition increases, changes in mandatory student fees, and tuition-related miscellaneous charges must be submitted and presented for the Board’s consideration at the same Board meeting. 

D.  Tuition for Students

1.  Undergraduate Part-Time Tuition -- Resident Rates

a.  A per credit charge for credits 1 through 11.

b. A fixed amount for 12 credits per term and over as established by the Board of Regents.

2.  Undergraduate Part-Time Tuition -- Nonresident Rates

a.  Rates are to be identical to resident rates for 0 through 4 credits per term.

b.  Follow the above pattern for undergraduate resident rates for 5 credits per term and over as established by the Board of Regents.

3.  Graduate Part-Time Tuition

a.  A per credit charge for credits 1 through 8.

b.  A fixed amount for 9 credits per term and over as established by the Board of Regents.

c.  Rates for nonresident students are to be identical to resident rates for 0 through 4 credits.

4. Guidelines for counting post-baccalaureate students as graduate students or special students:

a. Count as graduate students only those students who meet the academic requirements (e.g., rank in class, grade point average, subject matter background, standardized test scores, etc.) and are admitted to the Graduate College (ISU, SUI). (See [C] for special conditions relative to UNI.)

b.  Do not permit students to register for more than 15 credits per term for graduate degrees.

c.  Establish a category of students called special student (or some appropriate equivalent) that includes students with a baccalaureate degree not admitted to the graduate college. This category does not include professional students (medicine, dentistry, law, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary medicine). At the University of Northern Iowa, all students with baccalaureate degrees are classified as graduate students upon admission and may be classified subsequently as degree candidates with departmental and graduate college approval.

d. Charge special students the same tuition as is charged undergraduate students.

e.  Recognize that unusual situations may occur and allow deviations from the guidelines set forth above only under conditions as established by the academic vice presidents so that a level of excellence in all programs will be maintained.

E.  Tuition for Students Taking an Overload

An additional tuition fee will not be charged for any overload credits taken by a full-time student at a Regent university.

F.  Reciprocal Tuition Agreement between Iowa and Kansas

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and the Kansas Board of Regents entered into a reciprocal tuition agreement to expand student access to academic programming not available in the respective states. The agreement allows Iowa residents to study Occupational Therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Kansas residents to study Actuarial Sciences at the State University of Iowa at the states’ respective resident tuition rates.

The initial agreement provided five waivers for undergraduate students from Kansas desiring to study in the Actuarial Science program and two waivers for undergraduate students and one graduate student from Iowa desiring to study Occupational Therapy. In order to be eligible for the waiver of out-of-state fees under this agreement a student must:

1.  Demonstrate that he or she satisfies the residency requirement of the respective home state.

2.  Maintain full time continuous enrollment.

3.  Achieve satisfactory academic progress.

The agreement continues thereafter automatically for successive one-year terms, subject to the right of either state to terminate the agreement.