Officials at the Iowa State University in Ames said the state’s admission office is now allowing Iowa State students to apply to its universities for admission to the state.
The announcement comes amid a national push to make higher education more affordable.
A report released by the National Center for Education Statistics in December found that the cost of attending a four-year public college was projected to rise by an average of 6.1 percent from 2010 to 2021, from $37,834 to $41,876.
The report also said that the median household income for Iowa residents would rise from $50,000 in 2020 to $58,400 in 2035.
Iowa State officials said in a statement Tuesday that the university’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships is now accepting Iowa State undergraduate and graduate students who meet the requirements of the Iowa Act.
The statement said that applicants who meet eligibility requirements for admission will be notified in writing of their enrollment status.
Students who meet all other eligibility requirements will receive a notification via email, the statement said.
Applicants can enroll in Iowa State’s undergraduate degree programs online through the university website.
Students can also apply for Iowa State graduate degrees by visiting a faculty member’s office, the university said.
Iowa State will continue to monitor its students’ progress toward admission and will continue reviewing their admission decisions.
The university said the university will not provide any additional information regarding the changes to its admission procedures.
In 2016, the state approved a $1.9 billion package of spending and tax incentives to support higher education, including $1 billion for Iowa’s four-campus system and $500 million for the Iowas six-campus community college system.
The package also includes funding for the $3 billion Iowan Community College District and $2.5 billion in state aid for K-12 schools.