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    5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Some engineering, nursing and business students at Iowa’s three public universities would face steeper tuition increases than the average 5 percent base hike proposed for other undergraduates, university officials said Thursday.
    During a meeting in Iowa City, the presidents of Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa asked the Board of Regents to raise tuition by an average of 5 percent for resident undergraduates for the academic year that begins next fall. However, double-digit increases are proposed for some programs that university officials say are more expensive to deliver instruction and student services.
    The board will vote in March on the proposal, which officials called critical to maintain the quality of education offered at the universities after several years of state budget cuts.
    Regent Michael Gartner of Des Moines called it “extremely misleading” for university officials to say tuition would go up by 5 percent when it would jump dramatically more for some students.
    “That’s just the beginning,” Gartner said. “We’re talking about an increase for some people that ranges as high as 40 percent.”
    The highest increase would be for the U of I’s incoming freshman nursing majors, who would pay 41.4 more than freshmen did this year. Sophomore U of I engineering students would see their tuition jump by 21 percent. Tuition for juniors and seniors studying agricultural systems technology at ISU would jump 14.6 percent. And some UNI business students would pay 11.3 percent more.
    5 percent tuition jump just a start, regent warns | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    looks like im getting out of the game just in time.



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Jeesh. Most of the university's funding is private. They should try to seek more private/corporate gifts to compensate for such a dramatic increase in tuition. Pretty soon there will be a lot more kids out there that can't afford even a state university in Iowa, and will choose to enter the workforce instead of continuing their education.

    We need a more educated workforce heading into the future, not less.


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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    This is sad. Student needs seem to be an afterthought these days.


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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Even more incentive to graduate next year instead of dragging it out an extra semester.



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    I'm sure glad that I graduated last spring. I have enough student loans the way it is.



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    Jeesh. Most of the university's funding is private. They should try to seek more private/corporate gifts to compensate for such a dramatic increase in tuition.
    No it's not. Most of the funding comes from tuition and then state appropriations (taxpayers).
    As far as external funding, the U.S Dept of Energy is the number one source to ISU, followed by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation. All three are tax-supported federal agencies.
    Then comes the ISU Foundation - private money.



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Gouge em I say



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Typical State of Iowa....



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Quote Originally Posted by bostrem00 View Post
    Typical State of Iowa....
    They cannot spend money they do not have. Well they can, but it comes back to bite you rather quickly.


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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    tuition is just like housing....it goes up every year.

    wait a second....



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    This is the same story as eveyrwhere in the country. The general thought is we need a more educated workforce in order to compete. I do not disagree with that. But we are actually seeing increases in tuition based on the supply/demand economic model. Everyone now knows that college is a must, and everyone has been able to raise the rates because there is so much demand for this higher level of education. You have D3 schools that are now getting close to the cost of Ivy League insitutes.



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Quote Originally Posted by brokenloginagain View Post
    tuition is just like housing....it goes up every year.

    wait a second....
    This is an excellent comparison, and will be the next crisis IMO. You had people taking on loans they couldn't afford for houses that were very overpriced. You are going to start seeing students taking on loans that they will have to default on for education that was far overpriced.



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Iowa public University's are a bargain --- it's about time the students started to really ante-up.



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    Re: 5% Tuition Jump Just a Start

    Quote Originally Posted by kilgore_trout View Post
    This is sad. Student needs seem to be an afterthought these days.
    Its true. The State does not support its Universities the same way it used to (and this is true for many other states as well). Education is not the priority it once was.



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