Lowering Tuition at Iowa State University Essays

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Lowering Tuition at Iowa State University The Background of the Costs of Tuition at Iowa State University Iowa State University is a land grant school which, among other things, means that the university gets money from the state of Iowa from the taxes that residents pay to the state. Because of this in state residents who choose to go to the university do not have to pay a large amount of money while out-of-state residents have to pay almost twice as much. Iowa State University does not have reciprocity, meaning that even residents from the surrounding states, Minnesota, Illinois, etc., have to pay full out-of-state tuition. Out-of- state residents have to pay about $9000 a year for tuition, while Iowa residents pay only about…show more content…
The students that come to Iowa State are not all Iowa residents. The out-of-state residents are the ones who have to pay a great deal of money to attend the university. These students should not feel that many of the doors to the kind of education they would like have been shut in their face because of the amount of money it costs to attend many universities. To help solve many problems for out-of-state students, their tuition for attending Iowa State University should be set around $5000. By setting it at an amount that is only about $3000 less than the present out-of-state tuition it will make it much more affordable for the students and the University will not lose money. Needs for Changing the Tuition at ISU The needs for the decrease in out-of-state tuition at the university can be seen in several areas, such as the community diversity, availability of education to all, and the income based discrimination of students. Iowa State university does not have a very diverse community. During the 1998-1999 school year 78.8 percent of the total population at Iowa State University was of Iowa residency. Many of the Iowa residents are from the surrounding area of Ames, IA, where Iowa State is located. Only 17.6 percent were non-residents but United States citizens and the remaining 9.6 percent were international students (ISU Fact book). The percentages were even lower in the incoming freshman class of that year (see fig
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