In December 2005, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved a proposal for the College of Engineering at Iowa State University to implement differential tuition for engineering junior and senior students with 60 or more credits, beginning in summer 2006.
Differential tuition, sometimes referred to as supplemental tuition or a tuition surcharge, means that a college charges a rate of tuition above that which the university charges. Revenue from differential tuition supports academic excellence in Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering programs and an academic environment for student success.
Students entering Iowa State as freshmen will pay differential tuition no earlier than their fifth semester. Students transferring into engineering at Iowa State will pay differential tuition no earlier than their third semester. In either case, a student with fewer than 60 credits will not pay differential tuition.
Differential tuition is used by many universities nationwide. Sometimes it refers to the total tuition rate (sum of both the base tuition and incremental tuition), and other times it is defined as the additional tuition that is supplementary to the base tuition rate.
The following are frequently asked questions regarding the differential tuition. If you have further questions or comments, please email them to Tina Prouty, Scholarship Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, there’s a clear economic incentive. Graduates of the engineering college earn substantially more than graduates of other academic programs at Iowa State. Starting salaries for Iowa State engineers average $56,321—$2,000 to $5,000 above the national average for all engineering graduates, and several thousand more than other Iowa State graduates. This represents a lifetime earning potential of almost $1.1 million more than non-engineers. The differences between engineers’ and other graduates’ starting salaries, projected lifetime earnings, and internship/co-op earnings far exceed any difference in additional cost due to the differential tuition.
A comparison of rates are provided on the web under Registrar Office Tuition and Fees