Annual Report to the Faculty Senate

Non-Resident Fee Review Committee



Committee Members (Faculty):

Kathy Schuh ( Psychological & Quantitative Foundations) (Committee Chair)

Carolyn Brown (Speech Pathology and Audiology)

Stewart Ehly (Psychological & Quantitative Foundations)


Ex-officio Member:

Larry Lockwood (Registrarís Office)


Administrative Support

Diane Graber (Registrarís Office)


Administrative Liaisons:

Larry Lockwood (Registrarís Office)

Gerhild Krapf (Finance)

Marc Mills (UI General Counsel)



Meeting Dates:

The Non-Resident Fee Review Committee scheduled monthly meetings throughout the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters (September 1, 2005 Ė August 31, 2006).Meetings for which there were no scheduled appeals were canceled. We met 9/21; 1/18; and 4/19.Meetings for the remainder for the 05-06 year are scheduled for 7/17 and 8/14.Our meetings were held in the Pappajohn Business Building.


Committee Charge and Activities:

The work of the Non-Resident Fee Review committee begins after a student who has been classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes submits a letter of appeal to the University Registrar.The purpose of each appeal is to request a change of status from nonresident (for tuition purposes) to resident. The Registrar composes a file for each student, and mails this file to each committee member for review prior to the group meeting.The committee invites each student to attend the meeting in person.Most students accept the invitation and attend.During each meeting, the committee reviews the official Guidelines with the student, and we converse with each student to listen to his or her case as to why he or she qualifies to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes.After that, the committee meets privately to discuss each individual appeal and then votes on each studentís final resident classification.We considered 5 cases thus far this year, with 3 more scheduled for our July meeting.This number was a bit lower than it had been in recent years.All of the completed appeals were successfulóthe student was re-classified as a resident for tuition purposes.Should an appeal be unsuccessful, students have the option to appeal to the Board of Regents.


Given the small number of appeals the committee made productive use of the meetings by continuing to review the Guidelines regarding resident status.We discussed and debated the weight of particular guidelines and facts relative to others in light of current and past cases.We believe the review has provided guidance for the Registrarís Office who initially reviews the appeals.This, along with the Registrarís Office careful approach in addressing initial requests for residency changes, has lead to a decreased number of appeals that reach the Committee.


Final Conclusion and Recommendations to the Senate:

Certainly there will always be students who appeal their non-resident status.The Non-Resident Review Committee will continue to provide an avenue for those students who wish to appeal, ensuring their concerns are heard, and that a decision fair to the student and the University is rendered.


Report submitted by Kathy L. Schuh, NRFRC Chair