Slumping enrollment at the University of Northern Iowa has prompted officials to consider discounted tuition for students who live in regions that border Iowa.
Iowa is one of three states in the Midwest that doesn’t participate in a regional agreement that offers lower tuition to undergraduates from participating states. Universities also offer tuition discounts through other programs. The discounts appeal to families because universities, including those in Iowa, often charge more than twice as much in tuition to out-of-state students.
UNI President William Ruud said lower prices through what he calls a “tuition advantage” program could help lure non-Iowa students to the Cedar Falls campus. More than nine in 10 students at UNI hail from the Hawkeye State, compared to about six in 10 at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. UNI also graduates more prospective K-12 teachers each year than any other Iowa university or college.