Iowa Board of Regents

Board of Regents to Consider Tuition Increase at April Meeting

April 3, 2018

At its April meeting, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa will consider proposed tuition rates for Iowa’s public universities, effective beginning with the fall 2018 semester. This will be a first reading of tuition with a formal vote to approve rates scheduled for the June board meeting.  

The proposed tuition increase for resident undergraduate students is $284 per year (3.8 percent) at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, and $209 per year (2.8 percent) at the University of Northern Iowa. For the 2018-19 academic year, this would make base tuition $7,770 at the University of Iowa, $7,740 at Iowa State University, and $7,665 at the University of Northern Iowa. The Board also will be asked to consider varying increases for nonresident and graduate rates, as well as varying differential tuition rates for certain higher-cost programs. Full detail on the proposed increases can be found here.

“We heard from a wide variety of constituents, both during our 2017 Tuition Task Force meetings and since, about the need to keep our institutions affordable and accessible,” said Board of Regents President Mike Richards. “However, our public universities need financial resources to continue to provide the top-quality education our students expect and deserve. I believe these rates strike a balance between providing additional resources and retaining affordability, while reflecting the uniqueness of each institution.  

“Only through a strong partnership of university efficiencies, state appropriations and reasonable tuition rates will our universities increase the quality and distinction Iowans expect from their public universities. I look forward to continuing the discussion of tuition and higher education resources at our April meeting.”  

The upcoming Board of Regents meeting will be held at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs on April 11-12. Live audio streaming of the meeting will be available at 

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