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Tuition Policy Change Begins Summer for On-Campus Students Taking Continuing and Distance Education Courses


AMES, Iowa—Tuition policy changes will increase access to Iowa State University’s distance education curriculum for on-campus students willing to pay additional tuition. Students will be assessed tuition for credits offered through continuing education. For students carrying a full-load of credit hours this tuition will be in addition to the amount paid for on-campus courses. The policy takes effect for summer 2006.


Distance education courses (denoted by an X in the section number) have with increasing frequency been closed to on-campus students. The additional cost of producing and delivering distance education courses has forced many Iowa State colleges to require the payment of tuition and distribution fees for these courses. The new policy mandates any course required in a major or minor also will be offered on-campus when a distance education (X) section is offered.


“This policy will open up many distance education courses to on-campus students,” said Bill Tysseling, director of Continuing Education and Communication Services. “Creating online courses takes faculty and staff time. Tuition paid for off-campus courses is distributed directly back to the colleges that can then use these funds to pay the additional costs of those courses. This new policy will encourage colleges to allow on-campus students who choose to pay additional tuition to enroll in these courses.”


“We are dedicated to ensuring the availability of courses to on-campus students through traditional face-to-face and online classes without the DE section that carries additional fees,” said Douglas Epperson, associate dean of liberal arts and sciences college and member of the Distance Education Council that drafted the policy. “We recognize, however, that some on-campus students may prefer the convenience, scheduling or learning characteristics of an off-campus version and are willing to pay the additional cost of receiving the course in this form.”


Distance education courses will continue to be included in the credit calculations for financial aid and part-time/full-time status benefits. Graduate students on assistantships are exempt from this policy.


Information on the policy is at www.lifelearner.iastate.edu/courses/CEtuition.htm.



Contacts :

William Tysseling, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-3465 or cell (515) 520-9558 or wtyss@iastate.edu

Lynette Spicer, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-1327, lspicer@iastate.edu