How is the Regent enterprise funded?

The Regent enterprise is Iowa's most powerful and comprehensive resource for educational opportunities and economic growth. The five Regent institutions annually enroll more than 71,000 students on their campuses; employ nearly 49,000 people, including full-time and part-time employees and students; engage in extensive research and technology transfer projects; provide Iowans with diverse cultural, recreational, athletic, and entertainment activities; and operate a nationally renowned teaching hospital.

The current FY 2021 Regent enterprise budget, as approved by the Board in July 2020, is just over of $6 billion. Of that amount, $1.5 billion is general operating funds for the educational missions of the universities.

Of the $1.5 billion in general operating revenue, 63.5% comes from tuition and fees and 31.8% comes from state appropriations. The balance of the operating revenues is comprised of federal funds, interest income, reimbursed indirect costs associated with grant-funded research, and sales and services.

The $2.5 billion in restricted funds are specifically designated or restricted for a particular purpose or enterprise and include capital and tuition replacement appropriations, gifts, sponsored funding from federal and private sources, athletics, as well as other auxiliary or independent functions such as residence, parking, and utility systems.


Institutional FY 2021 Budgets
(in thousands)
School Operating Budget Restricted Budget Total
University of Iowa $2,576,500* $1,693,700 $4,270,200
Iowa State University 700,800 700,200 1,401,000
University of Northern Iowa 178,500 153,200 331,700
Iowa School for the Deaf 11,500 1800 13,300
Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired 9,400 900 10,300
Total $3,476,700 $2,549,800 $6,026,500

* Includes $1.83 billion for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Psychiatric Hospital, Center for Disabilities and Development, and Specialized Child Health Services.

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