One-Time Tuition Surcharge

Thursday, December 10, 2009

UNI students,

In challenging economic times, our entire campus community feels the impact. However the university will continue to commit to doing everything we can to place our students first by maintaining academic quality, progress to graduation, student financial aid, and campus safety and security.

The 10-percent across-the-board state appropriation reduction announced in October challenged the university's budget further.  And now, the state's public universities must ask students - along with faculty and staff - for their support in meeting this new and unprecedented budget demand.

Approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa today was a one-time tuition surcharge of $100 for the spring 2010 semester at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Iowa. This surcharge will generate $1 million for UNI, which amounts to approximately 11 percent of our $8.8 million budget cut. We recognize the financial challenges facing our students, and the decision to implement the surcharge was only finalized after much consideration to the extra demand this places on students. We are committed to directing this revenue solely to instruction, financial aid and student-service support, areas that directly benefit our students and support the sustainability of a quality-learning environment.

Tuition for the coming academic year will be decided at the Feb. 4 Board of Regents meeting. Fiscal 2011 will be a challenging year for the university's budget. I will keep you informed about the outcome of the tuition decision.

As you continue preparations for finals week, the university community wishes you much success in your studies and exams.

Thank you for your understanding in these challenging times.

Ben Allen