- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University is proposing a three-year, $1,500 tuition surcharge that would affect thousands of international students.

Board of Regents documents released Tuesday show the school wants to add an extra $500 annually for three years to the nonresident rates international students already pay.

The increases would go into effect beginning next year and would affect current and new international students at both the undergraduate and graduate school levels.

The university says the extra money would pay for the extra costs associated with enrolling and educating those students, such as reviewing foreign transcripts and helping them with communication skills.

Iowa State’s population of international students has grown to more than 4,000 this year. The new tuition charge would generate millions of revenues.

Regents will consider the proposal next week.

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