Changes made to financial aid application process
The financial aid application process will be streamlined for the 2015-16 year. As in the past, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed at www.fafsa.gov.
File the 2015-16 FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1 using your best estimate regarding tax information. Do not wait to file the FAFSA until your taxes are completed because you can update your FAFSA once your tax returns are filed.
Financial aid is awarded on first-come first-served basis. Grant and scholarship funds are limited. If any additional information beyond the FAFSA is required, students will be notified via email by the UI Office of Student Financial Aid.
Regents approve tuition freeze for resident undergraduates
The Iowa Board of Regents in December approved a third consecutive year of freezing tuition for resident undergraduate students at the University of Iowa. The regents also voted to increase tuition for nonresident undergraduates and graduate students by 1.75 percent. The board’s recommendation would take effect for the 2015–16 academic year, beginning with the summer session.
New residence hall, engineering addition planned
Two major capital improvement projects on campus that underscore the UI’s student-body growth and the popularity of its engineering program were approved by the Iowa Board of Regents in September: a new residence hall and a 65,000-square-foot addition to the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.
The Madison Street Residence Hall will include some 800 beds, cost an estimated $80–90 million, and be located west of the North Campus Parking Ramp on the site of the old Iowa City Water Plant. It will be the second dormitory built on the UI campus since 1968 (the Mary Louise Petersen Residence Hall is set to open in fall 2015 on the west side of campus).