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September 19, 2019

No Tuition Increase for UNI in 2019-20


Students at the University of Northern Iowa will not see their tuition and fees increase after the Board of Regents approved the institution’s request to hold tuition flat for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year.

As the only public university in Iowa to freeze tuition, UNI reiterated their commitment to keeping higher education accessible through a reasonable and predictable cost of education. The proposal was fully supported by the board, which voted for the measure during their meeting June 6.

“This is a great day for our students and the university,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook. “It’s evident from the board’s approval that they understand our role in educating and investing in Iowa students who then give back to their state. We appreciate the support of the Iowa Board of Regents, legislature and governor for making this possible. The university owes a debt of gratitude to the numerous students who spoke with their legislators about tuition concerns during the past two years.”

The university laid the groundwork to hold tuition levels steady earlier this year, when it requested an additional $4 million in state appropriations from the legislature. That funding was approved in the spring. This move also allows UNI to become more competitive with peer institutions in neighboring states including Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

With this tuition freeze, UNI will also be able to focus on helping students graduate in four years or less—in fact, our four-year graduation rate is nearly 40 percent greater than the average of similar institutions. In addition, the institution will continue to work to find additional ways to reduce student debt. From 2012 to 2016, UNI lowered the average undergraduate student debt by more than $2,000 (the university is now $4,959 below the national average).

When it comes to protecting students from college debt, UNI has been recognized as a national leader. The university’s program “Live Like a Student” and its impact on student borrowing has been featured by the American Council on Education. UNI was also ranked as one of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.

“Attending UNI has always made sense from an academic and professional perspective. We have incredible programs that prepare students for a wide variety of fields,” Nook said. “Thanks to today’s approval, that high-quality education will remain a great value for Iowa’s students and families.”