Iowa State to propose $500 increase to international student fees



Mitchel Anderson

Iowa State is proposing a $500 per year increase in fees for international students for three years, totaling $1,500 and affecting all of Iowa State’s international students.

In the agenda for next week’s Board of Regents meeting released Tuesday, the board stated the need for increased services is cause for an increase in fees. Another listed reason is because “faculty invest more time with these students in training to conduct research, defining expectations, developing methodologies, evaluating and analyzing results, as well as the preparation of manuscripts, theses, dissertations and publications.”

It was also recognized that higher fees may affect enrollment, but, according to the board, other universities that have added similar fees continue to see enrollment growth in international students. The increase in fees would be in addition to proposed increased tuition rates.

Iowa State’s international student population has risen to a record 4,041. The Iowa Board of Regents will meet Wednesday and Thursday of next week in Iowa City where it will consider the proposition. If passed, the fee increase will go into effect next year.