UNI seeks to ensure reasonable cost increases for Iowans

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—The University of Northern Iowa is proposing an undergraduate resident tuition increase of $209—or 2.8%—for the 2018-19 academic year. The Iowa Board of Regents will provide the first of two readings on the proposed rates for all three Regent universities on April 11-12 in Council Bluffs.

UNI’s proposed rate is below the maximum four percent threshold established by the Board earlier this year. According to UNI President Mark Nook, “UNI is committed to providing a high quality education at a cost that is reasonable and predictable for Iowa students and their families."

UNI’s financial literacy program, Live Like a Student, has helped students reduce their debt by an average of $3,300 per borrower since 2010, according to a recent blog post published through the American Council on Education. “We know higher education is an investment for Iowa students and their families; we strive to keep costs low,” said Michael Hager, senior vice president for Finance and Operations.

The university is home to nationally recognized academic programs in many disciplines, such as educator preparation, accounting, finance, the sciences, and the fine and performing arts. UNI Provost and Executive Vice President Jim Wohlpart commented that, “UNI is focused on quality and affordability as we deliver our mission to the people, industries and communities of Iowa.”

For 2018-19 and beyond, UNI is seeking to differentiate its tuition increases from each Regent institution to better align costs and mission. With 90 percent of its undergraduate students coming from Iowa, UNI enrolls the highest proportion of resident undergraduates of all three public universities. “Maintaining our competitiveness on cost to students is critical for our success as a public institution that educates Iowans for Iowa,” said Nook.

For more information, contact University Relations at ur@uni.edu.


Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu