UNI plans to again keep tuition and room-and-board fees flat

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For the second straight year, the University of Northern Iowa plans to keep its tuition flat as part of an ongoing effort to provide students a high-quality, affordable education. Previously announced were plans for no increase in room and board rates for next year. 

The proposal was announced by the President of the Board of Regents in a public meeting today. A vote is planned in June. The move would give current and incoming UNI students more certainty during a time when many families are adjusting to life amid a global pandemic. 

“This is great news for students and helps us continue to deliver a top-notch education to a diverse community of learners,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook. “Our Panther family includes those with great financial need and first-generation students for whom any tuition increase could slow their progress toward earning a degree.”

UNI, which is known for its strong business, education and science programs, has long been recognized as a leader in protecting students from college debt. Both Money and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazines have listed UNI as one of the country’s best educational values. 

The university is uniquely affordable but also boasts a four-year graduation rate that is nearly 40% higher than the national average for similar institutions. 

Even among their peers in Iowa, UNI's graduates stand out, finishing their degrees with some of the lowest average debt in the state compared to other four-year college graduates. UNI’s average student debt has decreased by about 14% in the last decade. 


Steve Schmadeke, UNI public relations manager, 319-273-6120, steve.schmadeke@uni.edu