Board of Regents to look at tuition, residence hall renovations

Danielle Ferguson

Tuition and mandatory fee increases, renovation plans for Larch Hall, a dining center in Friley Hall and Hach Hall basement research laboratories are some of the items on the Board of Regents October agenda.

The meeting, Oct. 22 and 23 in Iowa City, will also include possible program name changes, program terminations, a fall 2014 enrollment report and an update on the TIER study.

Tuition and mandatory fees

Combined tuition and fee rates for in-state undergraduates would increase from $7,731.40 to $7,851.90 if proposed rates are approved by the board.

Rates for nonresident undergraduates would increase from $20,617.40 to $20,855.90.

Base tuition for resident undergraduates has been $6,678 since fall 2012 because of two tuition freezes. The board is recommending next academic year’s resident undergraduate tuition increase to $6,794.

At Iowa State, the tuition for nonresident undergraduates is $19,534. The board is recommending the rate be increased to $19,768.

Mandatory fees are currently $1,083.40, with a proposal of an increase to $1,087.90.

The board is scheduled to vote on tuition and fee rates in December. 

Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, said he hopes the state can budget enough money to allow the regents to freeze tuition for a third year.

Larch Hall

Renovations nearly identical to those of Willow Hall could be seen on Larch Hall. The perimeter wall modifications project would improve windows and repair walls to improve energy efficiency. 

Iowa State is looking for approval to begin planning the $3.3 million project.

Friley Hall

The proposed 13,000 square foot dining area would add 300 seats for students to eat with ISU Dining. Iowa State is requesting approval of the design, project description and budget of $6.2 million at the October board meeting.

The project would convert unused dining space in Friley residence hall and the corresponding kitchen area into a food court style area. A more identifiable entry would be put at the east-facing part of the existing dining area. The space would be similar to the Memorial Union Food Court, according to the board docket item.

The project has a rough timeline of being complete in April 2016.

Meeting schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 22, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City

1:30-3 p.m.: Property and Facilities Committee

3-4:15 p.m.: Education and Student Affairs Committee

4:15-5:15 p.m.: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Committee

Thursday, Oct. 23, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City

9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Open session

9-9:45 a.m.: Economic development report

9:45-10:15 a.m.: University of Wisconsin System Flexible Option Program

Board break

10:30 a.m.: Open session

11 a.m.: Proposed 2015-2016 tuition and fees

11:45 a.m.: Lunch break

1 p.m.: Open session

3:30 p.m.: Adjourn