Regents to Consider Tuition Freeze for Fall 2020

The Board of Regents will consider approval of tuition and mandatory fees for the 2020-21 academic year at its June 4 virtual meeting. This vote would have been the second in the Board’s five-year “guardrails” tuition model, which was designed to provide predictability for Iowa students regarding their tuition dollars. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed things.

The Board will consider freezing tuition for the Fall 2020 semester for all students, as recommended by President Mike Richards during the April 30, 2020 meeting. Richards also noted that decisions on Spring 2021 tuition will come later in the fall “as we continue to gather information on the financial impact of COVID-19."

In addition, with the exception of a four-dollar decrease in Iowa State’s student activities fee, proposed mandatory fees also are flat for each university. 

Iowa’s public universities have undergone massive disruptions in the past months; from closing dormitories to implementing widespread remote education procedures to numerous other disruptions that fundamentally affect the way our universities operate. These disruptions affect everyone and it is important for students and families to have as much financial predictability as possible.