Governor recommends increased funding for UNI
On Tuesday evening, January 11, Governor Reynolds unveiled her budget proposal, which is the first step in creating the state's budget. Governor Reynolds is recommending a 2.5% increase to UNI's operating budget. This recommended increase amounts to an increase of $2.5 million for UNI, which is below our $4 million requested increase to keep tuition and fees affordable and competitive while providing a high-quality education and increasing enrollment. UNI's budget request will allow the cost of its education to be predictable for Iowa families and competitive with its peer institutions.
Governor Reynolds is also recommending $1.3 million of our requested $1.6 million for UNI@IACC (Iowa Community Colleges). The UNI@IACC program provides an innovative way for adult and place-bound Iowans to complete their four-year degree at their community college while saving money. The program is modeled after the current UNI@DMACC program, which has seen steady enrollment growth in one of the five online bachelor’s degree offerings through the partnership. UNI@IACC students who meet income and academic eligibility criteria will receive a scholarship that covers the difference between community college and UNI tuition.
All other UNI budget requests are recommended at our requested levels.
“We look forward to working with Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Governor Gregg and members of the Iowa Legislature during this year's session to continue our commitment to ensuring a reasonable, predictable cost of education for Iowa families, while also providing the high-quality education our students need to be successful professionals and leaders in Iowa's changing economy,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook.
With the budget now moving to the legislature, UNI will continue to advocate for its requested funds, emphasizing its importance to providing affordable, high-quality education and training the next generation of Iowa workers who will continue to build a vibrant economy in the state.