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Please click here to view our Academic Calendars with important dates to know - including school start dates - for academic years 2007-2020.

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A student who has registered but decides not to come to the University of Northern Iowa should complete the Withdrawal form or contact the Office of the Registrar (319-273-2241 or Registrar@uni.edu) as early as possible, listing the reasons for withdrawing from the university. WITHDRAWAL AFTER CLASSES BEGIN WILL RESULT IN A TUITION CHARGE. If you received financial aid from the university all or part of this aid may have to be repaid.

A student who has started attending classes who finds it necessary to withdraw from school should initiate the withdrawal through the Office of the Registrar in person or by calling 319-273-2241. Students living in a residence hall also must cancel their housing contract through the Director of the residence hall where they live. Students with financial aid MUST contact the Office of Financial Aid (319-273-2700)

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The declaration of a major is made through the department offering the major. The choice of a major should be made as early as possible in the student's university career in order to complete the program and fulfill requirements for graduation in a timely manner.

To declare a major, you must file a Declaration of Curriculum form. You may pick up the Declaration of Curriculum form at the departmental office, at the Office of the Registrar, or by clicking on the Forms link on our website. When the major is declared, the student is assigned an advisor in the major department. The form will need to be signed by your major advisor, and then turned into the Office of the Registrar.

When students have declared a major, they are eligible for a Academic Advisement Report. This is prepared by the Office of the Registrar and made available to the student through their MyUNIverse account.

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Students who have been suspended may be readmitted only after applying for readmission in writing and receiving favorable action on the application from the Committee on Admission and Retention. Applications for readmission may be secured from, and filed with, the secretary of the Committee on Admission and Retention in the Office of the Registrar. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received in the Office of the Registrar at least seven calendar days prior to the beginning of the term for which the student is requesting enrollment. Please click here for more information about the procedure for applying for readmission.

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The Graduate College has detailed the necessary information regarding graduate admissions on their website. The information provided includes, but is not limited to: General information, the application process, application dates, and the application form. If you have any specific questions about Graduate Admissions, please contact Laurie Russell - (319) 273-2623 - in the Office of Admissions.

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UNI's Transfer Plan-It will help you match your transfer work with current UNI requirements. Select an institution from the drop down menu, and then click "View Transfer Equivalencies."

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Credit earned at regionally accredited college and universities is generally acceptable for transfer.  Credit in courses determined by Northern Iowa to be of a remedial, vocational, or technical nature, or credit in courses or programs in which the institution granting the credit is not directly involved, may not be accepted, or may be accepted to a limited extent.  For schools not regionally accredited, the current issue of Transfer Credit Practices of Selected Educational Institutions, published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is an example of references used by the University in determining transfer credit.  The acceptance and use of transfer credit is subject to limitations in accordance with the educational policies of the University.  Please visit the Office of Admissions website to see if your courses will transfer to UNI.  Office of Admissions can be contacted at 319-273-2281 or e-mail Admissions.

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The Office of Admissions processes incoming coursework. Office of Admissions can be contacted at 319-273-2281 or e-mail Admissions.

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Course descriptions for the current academic calendar are found in the UNI Programs and Courses Handbook.  Course descriptions from 1994 through 2010 are available at College Source.  If a student is in need of a class syllabus they must contact the designated department of that course. 

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The Office of the Registrar only issues official transcripts on security sealed paper. If the student wishes to request a transcript while in our office and take it with them immediately, we stamp the transcript "Issued to Student."

If a current student needs to see their grade report, they can access the online grade report via their MyUNIverse account:

  • Log in to your MyUNIverse account.
  • Select the "My Page" tab.
  • Under "Student Center," select "Go to My Student Center."
  • On the main page, to the LEFT of your class schedule there is a drop down box
  • Select the box and scroll to "Transcript: View Unofficial" (NOTE: in order to print your unofficial transcript you must use Mozilla Firefox)
  • On the next screen another drop box 'Report Type' is empty. You need to change it to "unofficial grade report" and then click the yellow "Go"
  • Your unofficial transcript will be viewable here.
  • REMEMBER: to be able to PRINT you MUST use Mozilla Firefox
  • Right click on the page and select "This Frame"
  • Then select "print frame"
  • Your Transcript should be PRINTING!

It is important to note, that the grade report is always available to current students, but it is only available to alumni and former students for six months through their MyUNIverse account. Parents are unable to access this document at any time.

A transcript cannot be requested over the phone as a student signature is required to authorize release of your transcripts in accordance with FERPA of 1974. Please refer to our Transcript Requests Page to learn more about how you can request a transcript.

Transcript Requests can now be requested by email Registrar@uni.edu, but still require a signed release.  We have re-vamped our Transcript Request Form to be a fillable document.  Unless you have an electronic signature file stored on your computer, you will be unable to sign the form electronically.  As a result, you will need to print out the Transcript Request Form, sign it, and either fax, mail, or scan and e-mail it back to our office. 

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, your signature is required to authorize the release of your transcripts. 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits a school from disclosing personally identifiable information from students' education records without the consent of an eligible student.  Due to this, a student number may not be given over the phone to protect the privacy of the student.  If filling out a form that requires this number, please substitute your social security number or visit the office with photo identification to obtain the number. 

The $16 charge for transcripts at the University of Northern Iowa was determined by the Iowa Board of Regents. The price fluctuates each year, and all three state institutions charge the same fee for their transcripts.

If payment does not accompany the Transcript Request Form, our office will send you a bill in the mail (to the address that you have listed in the Student Contact Information section) for the total cost of the transaction. Please note that this will not delay the delivery of your transcript.

Our office does not accept credit card payment at this time. If unable to pay by cash or check, a bill will be sent to the students current billing address.

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Transcript requests are processed immediately whether or not payment is included. If the request does not include payment, the transcript will be mailed and a bill will be generated and sent to the requestor's current billing address.  Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  If you have questions on your delinquent account please call Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or e-mail the Cashier's Office.

Upon receiving a transcript request, it is normally processed and sent back out within 1-2 business days. By way of regular mail, a transcript can be expected to arrive within one to two weeks.

If a transcript is not received within 2 weeks following the date it was sent from our office, it will be sent again at no charge to the student.  We request that you check with the receiver to be sure that they have not received it and verify that the address provided was correct before calling our office to have transcripts re-sent. 

No personally-identifiable information (except Directory Information) from a student's education records shall be disclosed without the prior written consent of the student except as otherwise provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, and Chapter 22 of the Code of Iowa.  Such written consent must be signed and dated, must specify the record of information to be released, and the reason for requesting the release.  Personally-identifiable information may be disclosed to other school officials who have been determined to have a legitimate educational interest.  "Other school officials" are those persons employed by the University in teaching, research, advisory, or administrative positions who contribute to the information contained in the education records of students.  "Legitimate educational interests" are those which have as their purpose the advising of students, assigning students to classes, consideration of special student requests, the development of curricula, research and examination, maintenance of records, or the determination of eligibility for honors, prizes and awards, participation in curricular and extra-curricular programs or activities sponsored or approved by the University, and determination of whether the student should continue enrollment. 

The University may release the following Directory Information to anyone who requests it without the consent of the student unless the student has requested that any or all of it not be released:

1. Student's name, University address, home address, and telephone numbers

2. Parent's names, address, and telephone number

3. Date and place of student's birth

4. College

5. Curriculum (major(s) and minor(s))

6. Classification (year in school)

7. Participation in recognized organizations, activities, and sports

8. Weight and height of members of athletic teams

9. Currently enrolled (class schedule)

10. Dates of attendance

11. Degrees and awards received

12. The most recent previous educational agency or educational institution attended. 

To restrict the release of any of the above Directory Information the student may go to MyUniverse or must complete a suppression request form which is available from the Registrar's Office.

Except for disclosures made to the student, disclosures made pursuant to the written consent of a student when the consent is specific with respect to the party or parties to whom the disclosure is made, disclosures to the other school officials, and disclosures of Directory Information, the custodians of education records shall maintain a record of each request for and each disclosure made of personally-identifiable information from the education records of a student.  This record shall be kept with the education records of the student as long as the education records are kept, and shall indicate the identity of those who have requested or obtained such information and the legitimate educational interests these persons had in requesting or obtaining the information.  Students have the right to inspect the record of disclosure. 

Parties to whom personally-identifiable information is disclosed shall be informed that such disclosure is made only on the condition that such party will not disclose the information to any third party without the prior written consent of the student.  Information disclosed to an institution, agency, or organization may be used by its officials, employees, and agents, but only for the purposes for which the disclosure was made.

If you have any further questions, please refer to University Policy.

To remove Directory Information holds, you may do so through your MyUNIverse account, or you may submit a written request with your signature Office of the Registrar.

A signed release is required to remove directory information holds; therefore, we are unable to lift the holds by phone. You may come to our office in person to have the holds removed, or you may do so electronically through your MyUNIverse account.

Directory information may be suppressed under the privacy tab in MyUNIverse or by submitting a signed release to the Office of the Registrar to release/suppress your information. Please note that suppression of any item of directory information will prevent publication of your name for Dean's List, and may prevent you from receiving information from academic departments, honoraries, service organizations and so forth.

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The name on the student record should be the student's complete and legal name.  In evaluating and processing all name changes, the University reserves the right to require adequate and appropriate documentation, as warranted. 

A name change request may be processed through a signed request form or an official application for admission or employment at the University.  Additional documentation is not required for name changes due to marriage, divorce, or for changes to or from a formal name or initial.  Additional documentation is required to alter the order of name, to change the spelling, add a title, delete or hyphen to an existing name, or completely change name. 

Additional documents would include a court-approved name change document or two or more signed forms of identification such as:  social security card, driver's license, birth certificate, adoption papers, passport, permanent resident card, selective service card, marriage license, or citizenship papers. (RRAO, 1993)

An address change may be completed through MyUNIverse under "Update My Personal Information." A change of address form may also be filled out and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

If a student will be missing 3 or more days of class and have a legitimate reason to be missing those class meetings, the Office of the Registrar will notify professors by email that the student will not be in class.  Anything less than 3 days requires that the student notify their instructors themselves.  Please email Registrar@uni.edu or call 319-273-2241 for notification to be sent.

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If ANY directory information has been suppressed with a record, the Office of University Relations will not print the student's name in their local newspaper. All questions can be directed to Irene Elbert at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or 319-273-2216.

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A $7.00 charge is applied to a student's account when a request to fax a document is submitted.  Mailing the enrollment verification can be done free of charge.

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This document requires a statement including the student's current GPA with the university.  In accordance to FERPA, a signature is required to release this information.

A financial dependent student whose parents move from Iowa after the student is enrolled remains a resident provided that student maintains continuous enrollment. A financially dependent student whose parents move from Iowa during the senior year of high school will be considered a resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Baumann.  Mary can be contacted at 319-273-2112 or by email Mary.Baumann@uni.edu

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Your diploma and internal grade report will be mailed to your home address (given on the Commencement RSVP) at the end of the month following your graduation date, after grades have been reported by the faculty and eligibility for graduation has been determined. If you wish for your diploma to be mailed to a different address after submitting your graduation application, please notify Irene Elbert.  Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or call 319-273-2216.

A diploma will not be mailed to any student who, at the time of graduation, is in financial arrears with the University. Once the financial hold has been removed, the diploma will be mailed to the address that you indicated on your Commencement RSVP.

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An unofficial grade report will NOT be sent with the diploma upon graduation. Official copies must be ordered by way of a transcript request form.

Students will have access to their MyUNIverse account for life, email for 9 months following graduation, and online grade report for 3 semesters following graduation. Fall 2010 graduates forward will have access to their UNI e-mail account indefinitely.  Password resets may be done through the Computer Consulting Center at 319-273-5555. 

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University bills may be paid on MyUNIverse (which you have access to for life) or at the Cashiers Office in 103 Gilchrist Hall. You can contact the Cashiers Office at 319-273-2628 or email the Cashier's Office.

Individuals interested in establishing themselves as Residents for tuition and fee purposes are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with staff in the Office of the Registrar.  You should review the process, fully understand the requirements and have your questions answered. 

You are also advised to continue (or begin) the habit of maintaining good personal financial records.  In response to your submitted Application for Resident Classification, you may be asked to submit documentation, including (but not limited to) copies of employment pay stubs showing state taxes withheld, a copy of your lease, copies of previously-submitted income tax forms, drivers license, notarized affidavits, etc.

If you move, current students should change their address using their MyUNIverse account.  Others are strongly encouraged to keep the University apprised of any change in their residence, too. 

You should remember that it is possible to qualify as a resident of Iowa for such purposes as voting or holding an Iowa driver's license and still not meet the requirements as established by the Board of Regents to be classified as a resident for tuition and fee purposes.

Also, the burden of establishing that you are in the state for a reason other than education is upon you, the student. 

You are responsible for completing and submitting a simple, two-page Application for Resident Classification.  There is no charge to submit this form.  Applications are due no later than the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. 

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By adjusting your enrollment, your eligibility for the various financial aid programs could change.  Prior to reducing your enrollment, you should discuss your plans with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid so that you fully understand the financial implications.  You should also investigate the potential impact on any scholarships you are receiving.  The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted by calling 319-273-2700 or email fin-aid@uni.edu.

It is possible that you would no longer be eligible for the health insurance that currently covers you.  If you plan to live in UNI Housing (residence halls), you should be certain your intended future enrollment plans will qualify you to live there.  Your parents will need to thoroughly investigate the implications of no longer claiming you as a dependent on their state income tax returns.  This list is not definitive.  You are responsible for determining whether pursuing resident classification is in your best interest. 

If you want to establish residency for tuition and fee purposes, you would have to live in Iowa for 12 consecutive months.  During those 12 months, you could be registered no more than half-time at any institution in the state.  For an undergraduate student, this would be no more than six semester hours during the Fall semester, six semester hours during the Spring semester, and no more than four semester hours total during the Summer sessions.  For a graduate student, this means enrollment not exceeding 5-5-4 semester hours.  This enrollment maximum is cumulative enrollment in Iowa.  It includes your UNI courses, Guided Independent Study courses, community college courses, classes at all public and private Iowa colleges, etc.

In addition, you could not be claimed as a dependent on income tax returns in another state.  When you are living and working in Iowa to support yourself, you need to file Iowa resident income tax returns.

We also expect to see that shortly after your arrival, you did things to establish an Iowa domicile.  Usually this means obtaining an Iowa drivers license, registering any vehicles you own in Iowa, and registering to vote in Iowa. 

No.  Property ownership does not make you a Resident for tuition and fee purposes. 

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No, not necessarily.  Students at the community colleges may be eligible to be classified as Residents at those schools after just 90 days in the State.  The State Administrative Code holds students at UNI (ISU in Ames and UI in Iowa City) to other, stricter standards. 

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Maybe.  You should submit an Application for Resident Classification so that we can look into which parent claims you as a dependent on state resident income taxes, and which parent provides the majority of your financial support.  This is also the case if one of your parents works in Iowa and you live with your other parent outside of Iowa.

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No, but here is what you need to know.  A financially-dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa after the student begins attending UNI classes remains a Resident provided the student maintains continuous Fall/Spring enrollment.  If your enrollment develops a gap, your resident classification will necessarily be re-evaluated as you prepare to re-enroll through the Office of the Registrar. 

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No.  There is not a provision making residents of other states residents for tuition purposes at Iowa based on the student being a "legacy," a descendant or relative of a previous UNI graduate.

No.  This is addressed in Guideline 8(b)3 contained in the relevant section of the State Administrative Code.

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A Non-resident decision made by staff in the Office of the Registrar after review of your signed application for Resident Classification for Tuition and Fee Purposes may be appealed to the Non-resident Review Committee.

You must write a letter stating that you are appealing the Non-resident decision, explaining your situation and providing any additional information you feel may help the Committee when it reviews your case.  this letter must be submitted to the:

Office of the Registrar

115 Gilchrist Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006

After your letter of appeal is received, you will receive a letter informing you of the next committee meeting-where and when it will be held-and asking you to respond in advance whether or not you plan to attend.  Some students choose to attend the meeting at which their appeal is considered.  Others do not. 

Your application, related materials and letter of appeal will be distributed to the Committee members for their review prior to the scheduled meeting.

If you choose to attend:  at the meeting, the members of the Committee (faculty and University administrators) will introduce themselves to you.  You'll have time to tell them about yourself and why you think you should receive Resident status for tuition purposes.  They may ask you questions or to expand on things you wrote on your initial application or supplemental materials.  You will be dismissed from the meeting. 

If you choose not to attend, the Committee will review your materials in your absence.

The Committee will then decide how to proceed- up hold the previous (Non-resident) decision, overturn that decision based on outstanding circumstances, or ask you for further documentation, proof, etc. before any action is taken. 

Usually, you will receive a letter signed by the Committee chair within about 3-5 days.

Consideration of applications can take around a month, sometimes less.  During our busiest time (Summer), applications may take a bit longer.  You may hear from us via phone, mail or email sooner.  We may ask you for further information or copies of relevant documents.  Whatever the outcome, a decision letter will be sent to your residing address. 

No, applications cannot be submitted for previous semesters.  The guidelines specifically state that change of classification from Non-resident to Resident will not be made retroactively beyond the term in which application for resident classification is made.  Remember, applications are due no later than the 15th class day of a semester or session.

The deadline for applications is the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. However, at that point, you will have been responsible for payment of your full University bill.  Applications received later will be considered for the next semester or session.

If you apply after your initial University bill has been issued and you are later determined to be a Resident for tuition and fee purposes for that semester, your University bill would be adjusted. 

No, it is not something (such as a major area of study) that you declare.  The University does not track who is taking the steps to become a Resident. 

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Yes, but here is what you need to know.  A financially dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa during the student's senior year of high school will be considered a Resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state and enrolls in the Fall semester immediately following his or her May/June Iowa high school graduation.  Since the Office of Admissions will probably initially classify you as a Non-resident, you should be prepared to submit your own Application for Resident Classification.  It is important that you then maintain continuous Fall/Spring enrollment. 

No, Iowa does not have general tuition reciprocity agreements with any state.  This includes (but is not limited to):  Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

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No, you do not need a ticket to attend UNI's commencement ceremony. Seating is general admission, and free and open to the public. If you, or someone you know, is in need of special accommodations, please contact Irene Elbert, Office Coordinator, in the Office of the Registrar for more information. Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or at (319) 273-2216.
 
For more information related to Commencement, please click here.

Enrollment Verifications are often used to verify a student's academic status, be it Full-Time, Half-Time, or Less Than Half-Time. An Academic Verification Request form may be completed here to obtain or send the enrollment verification. If a student would like to pick up their enrollment verification request may be submitted at the office counter with photo identification.

This document requires a statement including the student's current GPA with the university.  In accordance to FERPA, a signature is required to release this information.

A $7.00 charge is applied to a student's account when a request to fax a document is submitted.  Mailing the enrollment verification can be done free of charge.

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You can view the details and status of your graduation application in your MyUNIverse. Here are the steps to look up that information:
-Log into MyUNIverse
-Go to your Student Center
-Click "My Academics"
-Click "View My Graduation Status"
-Click "View Application Data"
If you want to view your submitted application data, click "Submitted Application Data."

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No, you do not need a ticket to attend UNI's commencement ceremony. Seating is general admission, and free and open to the public. If you, or someone you know, is in need of special accommodations, please contact Irene Elbert, Office Coordinator, in the Office of the Registrar for more information. Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or at (319) 273-2216.
 
For more information related to Commencement, please click here.

University bills may be paid on MyUNIverse (which you have access to for life) or at the Cashiers Office in 103 Gilchrist Hall. You can contact the Cashiers Office at 319-273-2628 or email the Cashier's Office.

Transcript requests are processed immediately whether or not payment is included. If the request does not include payment, the transcript will be mailed and a bill will be generated and sent to the requestor's current billing address.  Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  If you have questions on your delinquent account please call Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or e-mail the Cashier's Office.

If payment does not accompany the Transcript Request Form, our office will send you a bill in the mail (to the address that you have listed in the Student Contact Information section) for the total cost of the transaction. Please note that this will not delay the delivery of your transcript.

If ANY directory information has been suppressed with a record, the Office of University Relations will not print the student's name in their local newspaper. All questions can be directed to Irene Elbert at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or 319-273-2216.

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The name on the student record should be the student's complete and legal name.  In evaluating and processing all name changes, the University reserves the right to require adequate and appropriate documentation, as warranted. 

A name change request may be processed through a signed request form or an official application for admission or employment at the University.  Additional documentation is not required for name changes due to marriage, divorce, or for changes to or from a formal name or initial.  Additional documentation is required to alter the order of name, to change the spelling, add a title, delete or hyphen to an existing name, or completely change name. 

Additional documents would include a court-approved name change document or two or more signed forms of identification such as:  social security card, driver's license, birth certificate, adoption papers, passport, permanent resident card, selective service card, marriage license, or citizenship papers. (RRAO, 1993)

No personally-identifiable information (except Directory Information) from a student's education records shall be disclosed without the prior written consent of the student except as otherwise provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, and Chapter 22 of the Code of Iowa.  Such written consent must be signed and dated, must specify the record of information to be released, and the reason for requesting the release.  Personally-identifiable information may be disclosed to other school officials who have been determined to have a legitimate educational interest.  "Other school officials" are those persons employed by the University in teaching, research, advisory, or administrative positions who contribute to the information contained in the education records of students.  "Legitimate educational interests" are those which have as their purpose the advising of students, assigning students to classes, consideration of special student requests, the development of curricula, research and examination, maintenance of records, or the determination of eligibility for honors, prizes and awards, participation in curricular and extra-curricular programs or activities sponsored or approved by the University, and determination of whether the student should continue enrollment. 

The University may release the following Directory Information to anyone who requests it without the consent of the student unless the student has requested that any or all of it not be released:

1. Student's name, University address, home address, and telephone numbers

2. Parent's names, address, and telephone number

3. Date and place of student's birth

4. College

5. Curriculum (major(s) and minor(s))

6. Classification (year in school)

7. Participation in recognized organizations, activities, and sports

8. Weight and height of members of athletic teams

9. Currently enrolled (class schedule)

10. Dates of attendance

11. Degrees and awards received

12. The most recent previous educational agency or educational institution attended. 

To restrict the release of any of the above Directory Information the student may go to MyUniverse or must complete a suppression request form which is available from the Registrar's Office.

Except for disclosures made to the student, disclosures made pursuant to the written consent of a student when the consent is specific with respect to the party or parties to whom the disclosure is made, disclosures to the other school officials, and disclosures of Directory Information, the custodians of education records shall maintain a record of each request for and each disclosure made of personally-identifiable information from the education records of a student.  This record shall be kept with the education records of the student as long as the education records are kept, and shall indicate the identity of those who have requested or obtained such information and the legitimate educational interests these persons had in requesting or obtaining the information.  Students have the right to inspect the record of disclosure. 

Parties to whom personally-identifiable information is disclosed shall be informed that such disclosure is made only on the condition that such party will not disclose the information to any third party without the prior written consent of the student.  Information disclosed to an institution, agency, or organization may be used by its officials, employees, and agents, but only for the purposes for which the disclosure was made.

If you have any further questions, please refer to University Policy.

To remove Directory Information holds, you may do so through your MyUNIverse account, or you may submit a written request with your signature Office of the Registrar.

A signed release is required to remove directory information holds; therefore, we are unable to lift the holds by phone. You may come to our office in person to have the holds removed, or you may do so electronically through your MyUNIverse account.

An address change may be completed through MyUNIverse under "Update My Personal Information." A change of address form may also be filled out and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

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Students who have been suspended may be readmitted only after applying for readmission in writing and receiving favorable action on the application from the Committee on Admission and Retention. Applications for readmission may be secured from, and filed with, the secretary of the Committee on Admission and Retention in the Office of the Registrar. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received in the Office of the Registrar at least seven calendar days prior to the beginning of the term for which the student is requesting enrollment. Please click here for more information about the procedure for applying for readmission.

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Telephone registration takes place during the designated times noted in the current semester's schedule of classes. Registration for part time students (1 or 2 classes) may be accomplished by mail or telephone during this time. 

You can also add or drop a class online through MyUNIverse:

  • Log into your MyUNIverse account.
  • Select "Academics" tab.
  • Under "MyUNIverse Student Center" click "Web Registration."
  • In the drop down menu that currently says "Add a class" you can click to expand this menu and select the option you desire and click "Submit."
  • Log into your MyUNIverse account again by clicking "Login."
  • Select the desired semester for the current change and click "Submit."
  • You can enter your change to your schedule.

If you wish to drop the only/last class on your schedule, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar to withdraw by: (1) Calling the office (319-273-2241); or (2) Sending an email from your UNI email account to our office (Registrar@uni.edu).

 

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Individuals interested in establishing themselves as Residents for tuition and fee purposes are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with staff in the Office of the Registrar.  You should review the process, fully understand the requirements and have your questions answered. 

You are also advised to continue (or begin) the habit of maintaining good personal financial records.  In response to your submitted Application for Resident Classification, you may be asked to submit documentation, including (but not limited to) copies of employment pay stubs showing state taxes withheld, a copy of your lease, copies of previously-submitted income tax forms, drivers license, notarized affidavits, etc.

If you move, current students should change their address using their MyUNIverse account.  Others are strongly encouraged to keep the University apprised of any change in their residence, too. 

You should remember that it is possible to qualify as a resident of Iowa for such purposes as voting or holding an Iowa driver's license and still not meet the requirements as established by the Board of Regents to be classified as a resident for tuition and fee purposes.

Also, the burden of establishing that you are in the state for a reason other than education is upon you, the student. 

You are responsible for completing and submitting a simple, two-page Application for Resident Classification.  There is no charge to submit this form.  Applications are due no later than the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. 

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By adjusting your enrollment, your eligibility for the various financial aid programs could change.  Prior to reducing your enrollment, you should discuss your plans with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid so that you fully understand the financial implications.  You should also investigate the potential impact on any scholarships you are receiving.  The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted by calling 319-273-2700 or email fin-aid@uni.edu.

It is possible that you would no longer be eligible for the health insurance that currently covers you.  If you plan to live in UNI Housing (residence halls), you should be certain your intended future enrollment plans will qualify you to live there.  Your parents will need to thoroughly investigate the implications of no longer claiming you as a dependent on their state income tax returns.  This list is not definitive.  You are responsible for determining whether pursuing resident classification is in your best interest. 

If you want to establish residency for tuition and fee purposes, you would have to live in Iowa for 12 consecutive months.  During those 12 months, you could be registered no more than half-time at any institution in the state.  For an undergraduate student, this would be no more than six semester hours during the Fall semester, six semester hours during the Spring semester, and no more than four semester hours total during the Summer sessions.  For a graduate student, this means enrollment not exceeding 5-5-4 semester hours.  This enrollment maximum is cumulative enrollment in Iowa.  It includes your UNI courses, Guided Independent Study courses, community college courses, classes at all public and private Iowa colleges, etc.

In addition, you could not be claimed as a dependent on income tax returns in another state.  When you are living and working in Iowa to support yourself, you need to file Iowa resident income tax returns.

We also expect to see that shortly after your arrival, you did things to establish an Iowa domicile.  Usually this means obtaining an Iowa drivers license, registering any vehicles you own in Iowa, and registering to vote in Iowa. 

No.  Property ownership does not make you a Resident for tuition and fee purposes. 

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No, not necessarily.  Students at the community colleges may be eligible to be classified as Residents at those schools after just 90 days in the State.  The State Administrative Code holds students at UNI (ISU in Ames and UI in Iowa City) to other, stricter standards. 

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Maybe.  You should submit an Application for Resident Classification so that we can look into which parent claims you as a dependent on state resident income taxes, and which parent provides the majority of your financial support.  This is also the case if one of your parents works in Iowa and you live with your other parent outside of Iowa.

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No, but here is what you need to know.  A financially-dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa after the student begins attending UNI classes remains a Resident provided the student maintains continuous Fall/Spring enrollment.  If your enrollment develops a gap, your resident classification will necessarily be re-evaluated as you prepare to re-enroll through the Office of the Registrar. 

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No.  There is not a provision making residents of other states residents for tuition purposes at Iowa based on the student being a "legacy," a descendant or relative of a previous UNI graduate.

No.  This is addressed in Guideline 8(b)3 contained in the relevant section of the State Administrative Code.

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A Non-resident decision made by staff in the Office of the Registrar after review of your signed application for Resident Classification for Tuition and Fee Purposes may be appealed to the Non-resident Review Committee.

You must write a letter stating that you are appealing the Non-resident decision, explaining your situation and providing any additional information you feel may help the Committee when it reviews your case.  this letter must be submitted to the:

Office of the Registrar

115 Gilchrist Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006

After your letter of appeal is received, you will receive a letter informing you of the next committee meeting-where and when it will be held-and asking you to respond in advance whether or not you plan to attend.  Some students choose to attend the meeting at which their appeal is considered.  Others do not. 

Your application, related materials and letter of appeal will be distributed to the Committee members for their review prior to the scheduled meeting.

If you choose to attend:  at the meeting, the members of the Committee (faculty and University administrators) will introduce themselves to you.  You'll have time to tell them about yourself and why you think you should receive Resident status for tuition purposes.  They may ask you questions or to expand on things you wrote on your initial application or supplemental materials.  You will be dismissed from the meeting. 

If you choose not to attend, the Committee will review your materials in your absence.

The Committee will then decide how to proceed- up hold the previous (Non-resident) decision, overturn that decision based on outstanding circumstances, or ask you for further documentation, proof, etc. before any action is taken. 

Usually, you will receive a letter signed by the Committee chair within about 3-5 days.

Consideration of applications can take around a month, sometimes less.  During our busiest time (Summer), applications may take a bit longer.  You may hear from us via phone, mail or email sooner.  We may ask you for further information or copies of relevant documents.  Whatever the outcome, a decision letter will be sent to your residing address. 

No, applications cannot be submitted for previous semesters.  The guidelines specifically state that change of classification from Non-resident to Resident will not be made retroactively beyond the term in which application for resident classification is made.  Remember, applications are due no later than the 15th class day of a semester or session.

The deadline for applications is the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. However, at that point, you will have been responsible for payment of your full University bill.  Applications received later will be considered for the next semester or session.

If you apply after your initial University bill has been issued and you are later determined to be a Resident for tuition and fee purposes for that semester, your University bill would be adjusted. 

No, it is not something (such as a major area of study) that you declare.  The University does not track who is taking the steps to become a Resident. 

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Yes, but here is what you need to know.  A financially dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa during the student's senior year of high school will be considered a Resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state and enrolls in the Fall semester immediately following his or her May/June Iowa high school graduation.  Since the Office of Admissions will probably initially classify you as a Non-resident, you should be prepared to submit your own Application for Resident Classification.  It is important that you then maintain continuous Fall/Spring enrollment. 

No, Iowa does not have general tuition reciprocity agreements with any state.  This includes (but is not limited to):  Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

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If a transcript is not received within 2 weeks following the date it was sent from our office, it will be sent again at no charge to the student.  We request that you check with the receiver to be sure that they have not received it and verify that the address provided was correct before calling our office to have transcripts re-sent. 

Transcript Requests can now be requested by email Registrar@uni.edu, but still require a signed release.  We have re-vamped our Transcript Request Form to be a fillable document.  Unless you have an electronic signature file stored on your computer, you will be unable to sign the form electronically.  As a result, you will need to print out the Transcript Request Form, sign it, and either fax, mail, or scan and e-mail it back to our office. 

Upon receiving a transcript request, it is normally processed and sent back out within 1-2 business days. By way of regular mail, a transcript can be expected to arrive within one to two weeks.

An unofficial grade report will NOT be sent with the diploma upon graduation. Official copies must be ordered by way of a transcript request form.

The $16 charge for transcripts at the University of Northern Iowa was determined by the Iowa Board of Regents. The price fluctuates each year, and all three state institutions charge the same fee for their transcripts.

The Office of the Registrar only issues official transcripts on security sealed paper. If the student wishes to request a transcript while in our office and take it with them immediately, we stamp the transcript "Issued to Student."

If a current student needs to see their grade report, they can access the online grade report via their MyUNIverse account:

  • Log in to your MyUNIverse account.
  • Select the "My Page" tab.
  • Under "Student Center," select "Go to My Student Center."
  • On the main page, to the LEFT of your class schedule there is a drop down box
  • Select the box and scroll to "Transcript: View Unofficial" (NOTE: in order to print your unofficial transcript you must use Mozilla Firefox)
  • On the next screen another drop box 'Report Type' is empty. You need to change it to "unofficial grade report" and then click the yellow "Go"
  • Your unofficial transcript will be viewable here.
  • REMEMBER: to be able to PRINT you MUST use Mozilla Firefox
  • Right click on the page and select "This Frame"
  • Then select "print frame"
  • Your Transcript should be PRINTING!

It is important to note, that the grade report is always available to current students, but it is only available to alumni and former students for six months through their MyUNIverse account. Parents are unable to access this document at any time.

Transcript requests are processed immediately whether or not payment is included. If the request does not include payment, the transcript will be mailed and a bill will be generated and sent to the requestor's current billing address.  Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  If you have questions on your delinquent account please call Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or e-mail the Cashier's Office.

If payment does not accompany the Transcript Request Form, our office will send you a bill in the mail (to the address that you have listed in the Student Contact Information section) for the total cost of the transaction. Please note that this will not delay the delivery of your transcript.

A Transcript Request Form must be completed in order to request a transcript. Students may stop into our office at 115 Gilchrist Hall and fill out the transcript request form. Photo identification is required. If another individual is picking up your transcript, you must supply them with a note that includes your release statement and signature. This individual must also have their photo identification with them.

Requests may also be faxed (319-273-6792), emailed (Registrar@uni.edu), or mailed (Office of the Registrar, Transcripts, 115 Gilchrist Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006). Transcripts must be requested by the student. However, if a transcript is going directly to a college or university for admission, the request can be made by a parent or spouse.

All transcripts are official. However, some institutions will not accept transcripts that have been in the student's possession. If this is the case, be sure that the transcript is sent directly to the institution.

Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.

We have re-vamped our Transcript Request Form to be a fillable document. Unless you have an electronic signature file stored on your computer, you will be unable to sign the form electronically. As a result, you will need to print out the Transcript Request Form, sign it, and either fax, mail, or scan and email if back to our office.

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A transcript cannot be requested over the phone as a student signature is required to authorize release of your transcripts in accordance with FERPA of 1974. Please refer to our Transcript Requests Page to learn more about how you can request a transcript.

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, your signature is required to authorize the release of your transcripts. 

The Office of Admissions processes incoming coursework. Office of Admissions can be contacted at 319-273-2281 or e-mail Admissions.

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Credit earned at regionally accredited college and universities is generally acceptable for transfer.  Credit in courses determined by Northern Iowa to be of a remedial, vocational, or technical nature, or credit in courses or programs in which the institution granting the credit is not directly involved, may not be accepted, or may be accepted to a limited extent.  For schools not regionally accredited, the current issue of Transfer Credit Practices of Selected Educational Institutions, published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is an example of references used by the University in determining transfer credit.  The acceptance and use of transfer credit is subject to limitations in accordance with the educational policies of the University.  Please visit the Office of Admissions website to see if your courses will transfer to UNI.  Office of Admissions can be contacted at 319-273-2281 or e-mail Admissions.

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UNI's Transfer Plan-It will help you match your transfer work with current UNI requirements. Select an institution from the drop down menu, and then click "View Transfer Equivalencies."

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A Transcript Request Form must be completed in order to request a transcript. Students may stop into our office at 115 Gilchrist Hall and fill out the transcript request form. Photo identification is required. If another individual is picking up your transcript, you must supply them with a note that includes your release statement and signature. This individual must also have their photo identification with them.

Requests may also be faxed (319-273-6792), emailed (Registrar@uni.edu), or mailed (Office of the Registrar, Transcripts, 115 Gilchrist Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006). Transcripts must be requested by the student. However, if a transcript is going directly to a college or university for admission, the request can be made by a parent or spouse.

All transcripts are official. However, some institutions will not accept transcripts that have been in the student's possession. If this is the case, be sure that the transcript is sent directly to the institution.

Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.

We have re-vamped our Transcript Request Form to be a fillable document. Unless you have an electronic signature file stored on your computer, you will be unable to sign the form electronically. As a result, you will need to print out the Transcript Request Form, sign it, and either fax, mail, or scan and email if back to our office.

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A transcript cannot be requested over the phone as a student signature is required to authorize release of your transcripts in accordance with FERPA of 1974. Please refer to our Transcript Requests Page to learn more about how you can request a transcript.

Transcript Requests can now be requested by email Registrar@uni.edu, but still require a signed release.  We have re-vamped our Transcript Request Form to be a fillable document.  Unless you have an electronic signature file stored on your computer, you will be unable to sign the form electronically.  As a result, you will need to print out the Transcript Request Form, sign it, and either fax, mail, or scan and e-mail it back to our office. 

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, your signature is required to authorize the release of your transcripts. 

The Office of the Registrar only issues official transcripts on security sealed paper. If the student wishes to request a transcript while in our office and take it with them immediately, we stamp the transcript "Issued to Student."

If a current student needs to see their grade report, they can access the online grade report via their MyUNIverse account:

  • Log in to your MyUNIverse account.
  • Select the "My Page" tab.
  • Under "Student Center," select "Go to My Student Center."
  • On the main page, to the LEFT of your class schedule there is a drop down box
  • Select the box and scroll to "Transcript: View Unofficial" (NOTE: in order to print your unofficial transcript you must use Mozilla Firefox)
  • On the next screen another drop box 'Report Type' is empty. You need to change it to "unofficial grade report" and then click the yellow "Go"
  • Your unofficial transcript will be viewable here.
  • REMEMBER: to be able to PRINT you MUST use Mozilla Firefox
  • Right click on the page and select "This Frame"
  • Then select "print frame"
  • Your Transcript should be PRINTING!

It is important to note, that the grade report is always available to current students, but it is only available to alumni and former students for six months through their MyUNIverse account. Parents are unable to access this document at any time.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits a school from disclosing personally identifiable information from students' education records without the consent of an eligible student.  Due to this, a student number may not be given over the phone to protect the privacy of the student.  If filling out a form that requires this number, please substitute your social security number or visit the office with photo identification to obtain the number. 

The $16 charge for transcripts at the University of Northern Iowa was determined by the Iowa Board of Regents. The price fluctuates each year, and all three state institutions charge the same fee for their transcripts.

If payment does not accompany the Transcript Request Form, our office will send you a bill in the mail (to the address that you have listed in the Student Contact Information section) for the total cost of the transaction. Please note that this will not delay the delivery of your transcript.

Our office does not accept credit card payment at this time. If unable to pay by cash or check, a bill will be sent to the students current billing address.

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Transcript requests are processed immediately whether or not payment is included. If the request does not include payment, the transcript will be mailed and a bill will be generated and sent to the requestor's current billing address.  Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  If you have questions on your delinquent account please call Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or e-mail the Cashier's Office.

Upon receiving a transcript request, it is normally processed and sent back out within 1-2 business days. By way of regular mail, a transcript can be expected to arrive within one to two weeks.

If a transcript is not received within 2 weeks following the date it was sent from our office, it will be sent again at no charge to the student.  We request that you check with the receiver to be sure that they have not received it and verify that the address provided was correct before calling our office to have transcripts re-sent. 

No personally-identifiable information (except Directory Information) from a student's education records shall be disclosed without the prior written consent of the student except as otherwise provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, and Chapter 22 of the Code of Iowa.  Such written consent must be signed and dated, must specify the record of information to be released, and the reason for requesting the release.  Personally-identifiable information may be disclosed to other school officials who have been determined to have a legitimate educational interest.  "Other school officials" are those persons employed by the University in teaching, research, advisory, or administrative positions who contribute to the information contained in the education records of students.  "Legitimate educational interests" are those which have as their purpose the advising of students, assigning students to classes, consideration of special student requests, the development of curricula, research and examination, maintenance of records, or the determination of eligibility for honors, prizes and awards, participation in curricular and extra-curricular programs or activities sponsored or approved by the University, and determination of whether the student should continue enrollment. 

The University may release the following Directory Information to anyone who requests it without the consent of the student unless the student has requested that any or all of it not be released:

1. Student's name, University address, home address, and telephone numbers

2. Parent's names, address, and telephone number

3. Date and place of student's birth

4. College

5. Curriculum (major(s) and minor(s))

6. Classification (year in school)

7. Participation in recognized organizations, activities, and sports

8. Weight and height of members of athletic teams

9. Currently enrolled (class schedule)

10. Dates of attendance

11. Degrees and awards received

12. The most recent previous educational agency or educational institution attended. 

To restrict the release of any of the above Directory Information the student may go to MyUniverse or must complete a suppression request form which is available from the Registrar's Office.

Except for disclosures made to the student, disclosures made pursuant to the written consent of a student when the consent is specific with respect to the party or parties to whom the disclosure is made, disclosures to the other school officials, and disclosures of Directory Information, the custodians of education records shall maintain a record of each request for and each disclosure made of personally-identifiable information from the education records of a student.  This record shall be kept with the education records of the student as long as the education records are kept, and shall indicate the identity of those who have requested or obtained such information and the legitimate educational interests these persons had in requesting or obtaining the information.  Students have the right to inspect the record of disclosure. 

Parties to whom personally-identifiable information is disclosed shall be informed that such disclosure is made only on the condition that such party will not disclose the information to any third party without the prior written consent of the student.  Information disclosed to an institution, agency, or organization may be used by its officials, employees, and agents, but only for the purposes for which the disclosure was made.

If you have any further questions, please refer to University Policy.

To remove Directory Information holds, you may do so through your MyUNIverse account, or you may submit a written request with your signature Office of the Registrar.

A signed release is required to remove directory information holds; therefore, we are unable to lift the holds by phone. You may come to our office in person to have the holds removed, or you may do so electronically through your MyUNIverse account.

The name on the student record should be the student's complete and legal name.  In evaluating and processing all name changes, the University reserves the right to require adequate and appropriate documentation, as warranted. 

A name change request may be processed through a signed request form or an official application for admission or employment at the University.  Additional documentation is not required for name changes due to marriage, divorce, or for changes to or from a formal name or initial.  Additional documentation is required to alter the order of name, to change the spelling, add a title, delete or hyphen to an existing name, or completely change name. 

Additional documents would include a court-approved name change document or two or more signed forms of identification such as:  social security card, driver's license, birth certificate, adoption papers, passport, permanent resident card, selective service card, marriage license, or citizenship papers. (RRAO, 1993)

An address change may be completed through MyUNIverse under "Update My Personal Information." A change of address form may also be filled out and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Course descriptions for the current academic calendar are found in the UNI Programs and Courses Handbook.  Course descriptions from 1994 through 2010 are available at College Source.  If a student is in need of a class syllabus they must contact the designated department of that course. 

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Your diploma and internal grade report will be mailed to your home address (given on the Commencement RSVP) at the end of the month following your graduation date, after grades have been reported by the faculty and eligibility for graduation has been determined. If you wish for your diploma to be mailed to a different address after submitting your graduation application, please notify Irene Elbert.  Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or call 319-273-2216.

A diploma will not be mailed to any student who, at the time of graduation, is in financial arrears with the University. Once the financial hold has been removed, the diploma will be mailed to the address that you indicated on your Commencement RSVP.

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An unofficial grade report will NOT be sent with the diploma upon graduation. Official copies must be ordered by way of a transcript request form.

Students will have access to their MyUNIverse account for life, email for 9 months following graduation, and online grade report for 3 semesters following graduation. Fall 2010 graduates forward will have access to their UNI e-mail account indefinitely.  Password resets may be done through the Computer Consulting Center at 319-273-5555. 

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Diploma replacements are issued in our current style and size of 8 1/2 x 11 inches.  There is a $25.00 replacement fee.  If you wish to place an order please complete the Diploma Reorder Form. This form must be accompanied by a check made out the University of Northern Iowa and may be returned to the following address:

University of Northern Iowa
Attention: Irene Elbert
115 Gilchrist Hall
Cedar Falls, IA  50613-0006

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University bills may be paid on MyUNIverse (which you have access to for life) or at the Cashiers Office in 103 Gilchrist Hall. You can contact the Cashiers Office at 319-273-2628 or email the Cashier's Office.

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Diploma replacements are issued in our current style and size of 8 1/2 x 11 inches.  There is a $25.00 replacement fee.  If you wish to place an order please complete the Diploma Reorder Form. This form must be accompanied by a check made out the University of Northern Iowa and may be returned to the following address:

University of Northern Iowa
Attention: Irene Elbert
115 Gilchrist Hall
Cedar Falls, IA  50613-0006

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Your diploma and internal grade report will be mailed to your home address (given on the Commencement RSVP) at the end of the month following your graduation date, after grades have been reported by the faculty and eligibility for graduation has been determined. If you wish for your diploma to be mailed to a different address after submitting your graduation application, please notify Irene Elbert.  Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or call 319-273-2216.

A diploma will not be mailed to any student who, at the time of graduation, is in financial arrears with the University. Once the financial hold has been removed, the diploma will be mailed to the address that you indicated on your Commencement RSVP.

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University bills may be paid on MyUNIverse (which you have access to for life) or at the Cashiers Office in 103 Gilchrist Hall. You can contact the Cashiers Office at 319-273-2628 or email the Cashier's Office.

Transcript requests are processed immediately whether or not payment is included. If the request does not include payment, the transcript will be mailed and a bill will be generated and sent to the requestor's current billing address.  Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  If you have questions on your delinquent account please call Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or e-mail the Cashier's Office.

Our office does not accept credit card payment at this time. If unable to pay by cash or check, a bill will be sent to the students current billing address.

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If payment does not accompany the Transcript Request Form, our office will send you a bill in the mail (to the address that you have listed in the Student Contact Information section) for the total cost of the transaction. Please note that this will not delay the delivery of your transcript.

The name on the student record should be the student's complete and legal name.  In evaluating and processing all name changes, the University reserves the right to require adequate and appropriate documentation, as warranted. 

A name change request may be processed through a signed request form or an official application for admission or employment at the University.  Additional documentation is not required for name changes due to marriage, divorce, or for changes to or from a formal name or initial.  Additional documentation is required to alter the order of name, to change the spelling, add a title, delete or hyphen to an existing name, or completely change name. 

Additional documents would include a court-approved name change document or two or more signed forms of identification such as:  social security card, driver's license, birth certificate, adoption papers, passport, permanent resident card, selective service card, marriage license, or citizenship papers. (RRAO, 1993)

No personally-identifiable information (except Directory Information) from a student's education records shall be disclosed without the prior written consent of the student except as otherwise provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, and Chapter 22 of the Code of Iowa.  Such written consent must be signed and dated, must specify the record of information to be released, and the reason for requesting the release.  Personally-identifiable information may be disclosed to other school officials who have been determined to have a legitimate educational interest.  "Other school officials" are those persons employed by the University in teaching, research, advisory, or administrative positions who contribute to the information contained in the education records of students.  "Legitimate educational interests" are those which have as their purpose the advising of students, assigning students to classes, consideration of special student requests, the development of curricula, research and examination, maintenance of records, or the determination of eligibility for honors, prizes and awards, participation in curricular and extra-curricular programs or activities sponsored or approved by the University, and determination of whether the student should continue enrollment. 

The University may release the following Directory Information to anyone who requests it without the consent of the student unless the student has requested that any or all of it not be released:

1. Student's name, University address, home address, and telephone numbers

2. Parent's names, address, and telephone number

3. Date and place of student's birth

4. College

5. Curriculum (major(s) and minor(s))

6. Classification (year in school)

7. Participation in recognized organizations, activities, and sports

8. Weight and height of members of athletic teams

9. Currently enrolled (class schedule)

10. Dates of attendance

11. Degrees and awards received

12. The most recent previous educational agency or educational institution attended. 

To restrict the release of any of the above Directory Information the student may go to MyUniverse or must complete a suppression request form which is available from the Registrar's Office.

Except for disclosures made to the student, disclosures made pursuant to the written consent of a student when the consent is specific with respect to the party or parties to whom the disclosure is made, disclosures to the other school officials, and disclosures of Directory Information, the custodians of education records shall maintain a record of each request for and each disclosure made of personally-identifiable information from the education records of a student.  This record shall be kept with the education records of the student as long as the education records are kept, and shall indicate the identity of those who have requested or obtained such information and the legitimate educational interests these persons had in requesting or obtaining the information.  Students have the right to inspect the record of disclosure. 

Parties to whom personally-identifiable information is disclosed shall be informed that such disclosure is made only on the condition that such party will not disclose the information to any third party without the prior written consent of the student.  Information disclosed to an institution, agency, or organization may be used by its officials, employees, and agents, but only for the purposes for which the disclosure was made.

If you have any further questions, please refer to University Policy.

To remove Directory Information holds, you may do so through your MyUNIverse account, or you may submit a written request with your signature Office of the Registrar.

A signed release is required to remove directory information holds; therefore, we are unable to lift the holds by phone. You may come to our office in person to have the holds removed, or you may do so electronically through your MyUNIverse account.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits a school from disclosing personally identifiable information from students' education records without the consent of an eligible student.  Due to this, a student number may not be given over the phone to protect the privacy of the student.  If filling out a form that requires this number, please substitute your social security number or visit the office with photo identification to obtain the number. 

Directory information may be suppressed under the privacy tab in MyUNIverse or by submitting a signed release to the Office of the Registrar to release/suppress your information. Please note that suppression of any item of directory information will prevent publication of your name for Dean's List, and may prevent you from receiving information from academic departments, honoraries, service organizations and so forth.

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An address change may be completed through MyUNIverse under "Update My Personal Information." A change of address form may also be filled out and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

If a transcript is not received within 2 weeks following the date it was sent from our office, it will be sent again at no charge to the student.  We request that you check with the receiver to be sure that they have not received it and verify that the address provided was correct before calling our office to have transcripts re-sent. 

Transcript Requests can now be requested by email Registrar@uni.edu, but still require a signed release.  We have re-vamped our Transcript Request Form to be a fillable document.  Unless you have an electronic signature file stored on your computer, you will be unable to sign the form electronically.  As a result, you will need to print out the Transcript Request Form, sign it, and either fax, mail, or scan and e-mail it back to our office. 

Upon receiving a transcript request, it is normally processed and sent back out within 1-2 business days. By way of regular mail, a transcript can be expected to arrive within one to two weeks.

An unofficial grade report will NOT be sent with the diploma upon graduation. Official copies must be ordered by way of a transcript request form.

The $16 charge for transcripts at the University of Northern Iowa was determined by the Iowa Board of Regents. The price fluctuates each year, and all three state institutions charge the same fee for their transcripts.

The Office of the Registrar only issues official transcripts on security sealed paper. If the student wishes to request a transcript while in our office and take it with them immediately, we stamp the transcript "Issued to Student."

If a current student needs to see their grade report, they can access the online grade report via their MyUNIverse account:

  • Log in to your MyUNIverse account.
  • Select the "My Page" tab.
  • Under "Student Center," select "Go to My Student Center."
  • On the main page, to the LEFT of your class schedule there is a drop down box
  • Select the box and scroll to "Transcript: View Unofficial" (NOTE: in order to print your unofficial transcript you must use Mozilla Firefox)
  • On the next screen another drop box 'Report Type' is empty. You need to change it to "unofficial grade report" and then click the yellow "Go"
  • Your unofficial transcript will be viewable here.
  • REMEMBER: to be able to PRINT you MUST use Mozilla Firefox
  • Right click on the page and select "This Frame"
  • Then select "print frame"
  • Your Transcript should be PRINTING!

It is important to note, that the grade report is always available to current students, but it is only available to alumni and former students for six months through their MyUNIverse account. Parents are unable to access this document at any time.

Transcript requests are processed immediately whether or not payment is included. If the request does not include payment, the transcript will be mailed and a bill will be generated and sent to the requestor's current billing address.  Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  If you have questions on your delinquent account please call Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or e-mail the Cashier's Office.

If payment does not accompany the Transcript Request Form, our office will send you a bill in the mail (to the address that you have listed in the Student Contact Information section) for the total cost of the transaction. Please note that this will not delay the delivery of your transcript.

A transcript cannot be requested over the phone as a student signature is required to authorize release of your transcripts in accordance with FERPA of 1974. Please refer to our Transcript Requests Page to learn more about how you can request a transcript.

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, your signature is required to authorize the release of your transcripts. 

In 1974, Congress enacted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also referred to as the Buckley Amendment or FERPA) to guarantee matriculated students at postsecondary institutions certain rights with respect to their educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

A FERPA-related college education record begins for a student when he or she enrolls in a higher education institution. At a postsecondary institution, rights belong to the student in attendance, regardless of the student's age.

Students have four basic rights under FERPA, which include:

  • To be notified of their FERPA rights at least annually.
  • To inspect and review their records.
  • To amend an incorrect record.
  • To consent to disclosure (with exceptions).

A school may disclose, without consent, "directory information," such as a student's name, address, telephone number, birthday, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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FERPA affords students certain right with respect to their educational records. This rights include:

  • The right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the the day the University receives a request for access.
  • The right to request the amendment of education records that they believe to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights under FERPA.
  • The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from their education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20202-5901

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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Educational records include any record maintained by the institution that contains information that is personally identifiable to a student (in whatever format or medium) with some narrowly defined exceptions:

  • Records in the "sole possession of the maker" (e.g., private advising notes).
  • Law enforcement records created and maintained by a law enforcement agency for a law enforcement purpose.
  • Employment records (unless the employment is based on student status). The employment records of student employees (e.g., work-study, wages, graduate teaching associates) are part of their education records.
  • Medical/psychological treatment records (e.g., from a health or counseling center).
  • Alumni records (i.e., those created after the student graduated or left the institution).

Education records come in a variety of formats. A student record may be:

  • A document in the Registrar's Office.
  • A computer printout in your office.
  • A class list on your desktop.
  • A computer display screen.
  • Notes taken during an advisement session.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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Students have the right to see everything in their "education record," except:

  • Information about other students.
  • Financial records of parents.
  • Confidential letters of recommendation if they waived their right of access.

FERPA does not prescribe what records are created or how long they are to be kept; however, you cannot destroy a record if there is a request to inspect and review. It is important to know and understand the institution's records retention policy.

This federal law also provides guidelines for appropriately using and releasing student education records. It is intended that students' rights be broadly defined and applied. Therefore, consider the student as the "owner" of the information in his or her education record, and the institution as the "custodian" of that record.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

 

 

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There is some information about students that is not generally considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. FERPA defines this information as directory information and gives institutions discretion over the release of these items.

Each institution establishes what it considers to be directory information. Common examples include: name, address (local, home, and e-mail), telephone (local and home), academic program of study, and date of birth. Directory information cannot include: race, gender, SSN (or part of an SSN), grades, GPA, country of citizenship, or religion.

Every student must be given the opportunity to have directory information suppressed from public release. When a student suppresses their information, everyone within the institution must abide by a student's request that no information be released about the student.

It is important to understand that a "no release" does not mean that a school official within the institution who has demonstrated legitimate educational interest (e.g., a faculty member teaching the student in a class) is precluded from using the information to perform that official's job duties.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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A school official with a legitimate educational interest may be granted access to confidential student information if the official needs the information to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. This includes:

  • Performing appropriate tasks that are specified in his/her position description or by a contract agreement.
  • Performing a task related to a student's education.
  • Performing a task related to the discipline of a student.
  • Providing services for the student or the student's family, such as health care, counseling, job placement, or financial aid.

Legitimate educational interest does not convey inherent rights to any and all student information. The law discriminates between educational interest and personal or private interest; determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, educational interest does not constitute authority to disclose information to a third party without the student's written permission.

School officials have access to student information only for legitimate use in the completion of their responsibilities as university employees. Need to know is the basic principle - not curiosity.

All University of Northern Iowa employees with access to student-related data must understand the need for maintaining the confidentiality of student records under federal law and University policy. School officials have a legal and ethical responsibility to safeguard confidential student information in their possession.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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The institution may disclose records without consent if certain requirements are met, but it is not required to do so. Some examples of the exceptions to the release requirement include:

  • Disclosure to another institution where the student seeks to enroll or is enrolled.
  • Disclosure to the Department of Education or state and/or local educational authorities.
  • Disclosure in connection with the receipt of financial aid.
  • Disclosure to state/local officials in conjunction with legislative requirements.
  • "School officials" with a "legitimate educational interest." Employees and legal agents have access to education records in order to perform their official, educationally-related duties.
  • Disclosure to organizations conducting studies to improve instruction, or to accrediting organizations.
  • Disclosure to parents of dependent students (IRS definition). 
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
  • Disclosure for a health/safety emergency (must document what the emergency was to to whom the information was released).
  • Disclosure of directory information, provided the student has not requested "no release."

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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The Proper Care and Custody of Confidential Records Includes:

  • Not leaving records on desks or tables where others can see them.
  • Securing computer screens so that people who come to your work area cannot see student information.
  • Not placing copiers, fax machines, or printers in non-secure locations.
  • Disposing of papers that contain private information in a secure way (e.g., shredding).
  • Not sharing your personal passwords or system passwords.
  • Not distributing grades, transcripts, or degree audits for purposes of advisement in plan view or open mailboxes located in public areas.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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Statements made by a person making a recommendation that are made from the person's personal observation or knowledge do not require written release from the student. However, if personally identifiable information obtained from a student's educational record in included in the letter of recommendation (e.g., grades, GPA, etc.), the writer is required to obtain a signed release from the student which:

  • Specifies the records that may be disclosed.
  • States the purpose of the disclosure.
  • Identifies the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure can be made.

If the person writing the recommendation keeps the letter on file, it is part of the student's education record, and the student has the right to read it unless he or she has waived the right to access.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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The public posting of grades by the student's name, social security number, or any other identifier that allows a student to be known is a violation of FERPA. This includes the posting of grades to a class website. As access to electronic communications increases, it may be tempting to send grades by e-mail. However, there is no guarantee of confidentiality when using e-mail.

Leaving personally identifiable graded papers, exams, or lab books open and unattended for students to pick up is also a violation of FERPA.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

 

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Faculty, staff, and instructors can access their online grade sheets using the following sequence of steps:

  • Log into your MyUNIverse account.
  • Click on the "Academics" tab (at the top of the MyUNIverse page).
  • Click on "MyUNIverse Faculty Center" (a section highlighted in purple under the "Academics" tab).
  • Click on the "Class List/Online Grades" link (within the MyUNIverse Faculty Center section).

If after taking these steps you are still unable to enter grades, please contact our office directly via e-mail (Registrar@uni.edu) or phone (319-273-2241).

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In 1974, Congress enacted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also referred to as the Buckley Amendment or FERPA) to guarantee matriculated students at postsecondary institutions certain rights with respect to their educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

A FERPA-related college education record begins for a student when he or she enrolls in a higher education institution. At a postsecondary institution, rights belong to the student in attendance, regardless of the student's age.

Students have four basic rights under FERPA, which include:

  • To be notified of their FERPA rights at least annually.
  • To inspect and review their records.
  • To amend an incorrect record.
  • To consent to disclosure (with exceptions).

A school may disclose, without consent, "directory information," such as a student's name, address, telephone number, birthday, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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FERPA affords students certain right with respect to their educational records. This rights include:

  • The right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the the day the University receives a request for access.
  • The right to request the amendment of education records that they believe to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights under FERPA.
  • The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from their education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20202-5901

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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Educational records include any record maintained by the institution that contains information that is personally identifiable to a student (in whatever format or medium) with some narrowly defined exceptions:

  • Records in the "sole possession of the maker" (e.g., private advising notes).
  • Law enforcement records created and maintained by a law enforcement agency for a law enforcement purpose.
  • Employment records (unless the employment is based on student status). The employment records of student employees (e.g., work-study, wages, graduate teaching associates) are part of their education records.
  • Medical/psychological treatment records (e.g., from a health or counseling center).
  • Alumni records (i.e., those created after the student graduated or left the institution).

Education records come in a variety of formats. A student record may be:

  • A document in the Registrar's Office.
  • A computer printout in your office.
  • A class list on your desktop.
  • A computer display screen.
  • Notes taken during an advisement session.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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Students have the right to see everything in their "education record," except:

  • Information about other students.
  • Financial records of parents.
  • Confidential letters of recommendation if they waived their right of access.

FERPA does not prescribe what records are created or how long they are to be kept; however, you cannot destroy a record if there is a request to inspect and review. It is important to know and understand the institution's records retention policy.

This federal law also provides guidelines for appropriately using and releasing student education records. It is intended that students' rights be broadly defined and applied. Therefore, consider the student as the "owner" of the information in his or her education record, and the institution as the "custodian" of that record.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

 

 

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There is some information about students that is not generally considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. FERPA defines this information as directory information and gives institutions discretion over the release of these items.

Each institution establishes what it considers to be directory information. Common examples include: name, address (local, home, and e-mail), telephone (local and home), academic program of study, and date of birth. Directory information cannot include: race, gender, SSN (or part of an SSN), grades, GPA, country of citizenship, or religion.

Every student must be given the opportunity to have directory information suppressed from public release. When a student suppresses their information, everyone within the institution must abide by a student's request that no information be released about the student.

It is important to understand that a "no release" does not mean that a school official within the institution who has demonstrated legitimate educational interest (e.g., a faculty member teaching the student in a class) is precluded from using the information to perform that official's job duties.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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A school official with a legitimate educational interest may be granted access to confidential student information if the official needs the information to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. This includes:

  • Performing appropriate tasks that are specified in his/her position description or by a contract agreement.
  • Performing a task related to a student's education.
  • Performing a task related to the discipline of a student.
  • Providing services for the student or the student's family, such as health care, counseling, job placement, or financial aid.

Legitimate educational interest does not convey inherent rights to any and all student information. The law discriminates between educational interest and personal or private interest; determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, educational interest does not constitute authority to disclose information to a third party without the student's written permission.

School officials have access to student information only for legitimate use in the completion of their responsibilities as university employees. Need to know is the basic principle - not curiosity.

All University of Northern Iowa employees with access to student-related data must understand the need for maintaining the confidentiality of student records under federal law and University policy. School officials have a legal and ethical responsibility to safeguard confidential student information in their possession.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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The institution may disclose records without consent if certain requirements are met, but it is not required to do so. Some examples of the exceptions to the release requirement include:

  • Disclosure to another institution where the student seeks to enroll or is enrolled.
  • Disclosure to the Department of Education or state and/or local educational authorities.
  • Disclosure in connection with the receipt of financial aid.
  • Disclosure to state/local officials in conjunction with legislative requirements.
  • "School officials" with a "legitimate educational interest." Employees and legal agents have access to education records in order to perform their official, educationally-related duties.
  • Disclosure to organizations conducting studies to improve instruction, or to accrediting organizations.
  • Disclosure to parents of dependent students (IRS definition). 
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
  • Disclosure for a health/safety emergency (must document what the emergency was to to whom the information was released).
  • Disclosure of directory information, provided the student has not requested "no release."

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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The Proper Care and Custody of Confidential Records Includes:

  • Not leaving records on desks or tables where others can see them.
  • Securing computer screens so that people who come to your work area cannot see student information.
  • Not placing copiers, fax machines, or printers in non-secure locations.
  • Disposing of papers that contain private information in a secure way (e.g., shredding).
  • Not sharing your personal passwords or system passwords.
  • Not distributing grades, transcripts, or degree audits for purposes of advisement in plan view or open mailboxes located in public areas.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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Statements made by a person making a recommendation that are made from the person's personal observation or knowledge do not require written release from the student. However, if personally identifiable information obtained from a student's educational record in included in the letter of recommendation (e.g., grades, GPA, etc.), the writer is required to obtain a signed release from the student which:

  • Specifies the records that may be disclosed.
  • States the purpose of the disclosure.
  • Identifies the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure can be made.

If the person writing the recommendation keeps the letter on file, it is part of the student's education record, and the student has the right to read it unless he or she has waived the right to access.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

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The public posting of grades by the student's name, social security number, or any other identifier that allows a student to be known is a violation of FERPA. This includes the posting of grades to a class website. As access to electronic communications increases, it may be tempting to send grades by e-mail. However, there is no guarantee of confidentiality when using e-mail.

Leaving personally identifiable graded papers, exams, or lab books open and unattended for students to pick up is also a violation of FERPA.

For more information related to FERPA, please go to FERPA Information and Training under the Faculty and Staff tab or go to Notification of Rights Under FERPA under the Students tab.

 

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Faculty, staff, and instructors can access their online grade sheets using the following sequence of steps:

  • Log into your MyUNIverse account.
  • Click on the "Academics" tab (at the top of the MyUNIverse page).
  • Click on "MyUNIverse Faculty Center" (a section highlighted in purple under the "Academics" tab).
  • Click on the "Class List/Online Grades" link (within the MyUNIverse Faculty Center section).

If after taking these steps you are still unable to enter grades, please contact our office directly via e-mail (Registrar@uni.edu) or phone (319-273-2241).

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A Transcript Request Form must be completed in order to request a transcript. Students may stop into our office at 115 Gilchrist Hall and fill out the transcript request form. Photo identification is required. If another individual is picking up your transcript, you must supply them with a note that includes your release statement and signature. This individual must also have their photo identification with them.

Requests may also be faxed (319-273-6792), emailed (Registrar@uni.edu), or mailed (Office of the Registrar, Transcripts, 115 Gilchrist Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006). Transcripts must be requested by the student. However, if a transcript is going directly to a college or university for admission, the request can be made by a parent or spouse.

All transcripts are official. However, some institutions will not accept transcripts that have been in the student's possession. If this is the case, be sure that the transcript is sent directly to the institution.

Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.

We have re-vamped our Transcript Request Form to be a fillable document. Unless you have an electronic signature file stored on your computer, you will be unable to sign the form electronically. As a result, you will need to print out the Transcript Request Form, sign it, and either fax, mail, or scan and email if back to our office.

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A transcript cannot be requested over the phone as a student signature is required to authorize release of your transcripts in accordance with FERPA of 1974. Please refer to our Transcript Requests Page to learn more about how you can request a transcript.

Transcript Requests can now be requested by email Registrar@uni.edu, but still require a signed release.  We have re-vamped our Transcript Request Form to be a fillable document.  Unless you have an electronic signature file stored on your computer, you will be unable to sign the form electronically.  As a result, you will need to print out the Transcript Request Form, sign it, and either fax, mail, or scan and e-mail it back to our office. 

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, your signature is required to authorize the release of your transcripts. 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits a school from disclosing personally identifiable information from students' education records without the consent of an eligible student.  Due to this, a student number may not be given over the phone to protect the privacy of the student.  If filling out a form that requires this number, please substitute your social security number or visit the office with photo identification to obtain the number. 

The $16 charge for transcripts at the University of Northern Iowa was determined by the Iowa Board of Regents. The price fluctuates each year, and all three state institutions charge the same fee for their transcripts.

If payment does not accompany the Transcript Request Form, our office will send you a bill in the mail (to the address that you have listed in the Student Contact Information section) for the total cost of the transaction. Please note that this will not delay the delivery of your transcript.

Our office does not accept credit card payment at this time. If unable to pay by cash or check, a bill will be sent to the students current billing address.

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Transcript requests are processed immediately whether or not payment is included. If the request does not include payment, the transcript will be mailed and a bill will be generated and sent to the requestor's current billing address.  Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  If you have questions on your delinquent account please call Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or e-mail the Cashier's Office.

Upon receiving a transcript request, it is normally processed and sent back out within 1-2 business days. By way of regular mail, a transcript can be expected to arrive within one to two weeks.

If a transcript is not received within 2 weeks following the date it was sent from our office, it will be sent again at no charge to the student.  We request that you check with the receiver to be sure that they have not received it and verify that the address provided was correct before calling our office to have transcripts re-sent. 

If a student will be missing 3 or more days of class and have a legitimate reason to be missing those class meetings, the Office of the Registrar will notify professors by email that the student will not be in class.  Anything less than 3 days requires that the student notify their instructors themselves.  Please email Registrar@uni.edu or call 319-273-2241 for notification to be sent.

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If ANY directory information has been suppressed with a record, the Office of University Relations will not print the student's name in their local newspaper. All questions can be directed to Irene Elbert at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or 319-273-2216.

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This document requires a statement including the student's current GPA with the university.  In accordance to FERPA, a signature is required to release this information.

A financial dependent student whose parents move from Iowa after the student is enrolled remains a resident provided that student maintains continuous enrollment. A financially dependent student whose parents move from Iowa during the senior year of high school will be considered a resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Baumann.  Mary can be contacted at 319-273-2112 or by email Mary.Baumann@uni.edu

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Your diploma and internal grade report will be mailed to your home address (given on the Commencement RSVP) at the end of the month following your graduation date, after grades have been reported by the faculty and eligibility for graduation has been determined. If you wish for your diploma to be mailed to a different address after submitting your graduation application, please notify Irene Elbert.  Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or call 319-273-2216.

A diploma will not be mailed to any student who, at the time of graduation, is in financial arrears with the University. Once the financial hold has been removed, the diploma will be mailed to the address that you indicated on your Commencement RSVP.

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University bills may be paid on MyUNIverse (which you have access to for life) or at the Cashiers Office in 103 Gilchrist Hall. You can contact the Cashiers Office at 319-273-2628 or email the Cashier's Office.

An unofficial grade report will NOT be sent with the diploma upon graduation. Official copies must be ordered by way of a transcript request form.

Students will have access to their MyUNIverse account for life, email for 9 months following graduation, and online grade report for 3 semesters following graduation. Fall 2010 graduates forward will have access to their UNI e-mail account indefinitely.  Password resets may be done through the Computer Consulting Center at 319-273-5555. 

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Diploma replacements are issued in our current style and size of 8 1/2 x 11 inches.  There is a $25.00 replacement fee.  If you wish to place an order please complete the Diploma Reorder Form. This form must be accompanied by a check made out the University of Northern Iowa and may be returned to the following address:

University of Northern Iowa
Attention: Irene Elbert
115 Gilchrist Hall
Cedar Falls, IA  50613-0006

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Individuals interested in establishing themselves as Residents for tuition and fee purposes are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with staff in the Office of the Registrar.  You should review the process, fully understand the requirements and have your questions answered. 

You are also advised to continue (or begin) the habit of maintaining good personal financial records.  In response to your submitted Application for Resident Classification, you may be asked to submit documentation, including (but not limited to) copies of employment pay stubs showing state taxes withheld, a copy of your lease, copies of previously-submitted income tax forms, drivers license, notarized affidavits, etc.

If you move, current students should change their address using their MyUNIverse account.  Others are strongly encouraged to keep the University apprised of any change in their residence, too. 

You should remember that it is possible to qualify as a resident of Iowa for such purposes as voting or holding an Iowa driver's license and still not meet the requirements as established by the Board of Regents to be classified as a resident for tuition and fee purposes.

Also, the burden of establishing that you are in the state for a reason other than education is upon you, the student. 

By adjusting your enrollment, your eligibility for the various financial aid programs could change.  Prior to reducing your enrollment, you should discuss your plans with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid so that you fully understand the financial implications.  You should also investigate the potential impact on any scholarships you are receiving.  The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted by calling 319-273-2700 or email fin-aid@uni.edu.

It is possible that you would no longer be eligible for the health insurance that currently covers you.  If you plan to live in UNI Housing (residence halls), you should be certain your intended future enrollment plans will qualify you to live there.  Your parents will need to thoroughly investigate the implications of no longer claiming you as a dependent on their state income tax returns.  This list is not definitive.  You are responsible for determining whether pursuing resident classification is in your best interest. 

If you want to establish residency for tuition and fee purposes, you would have to live in Iowa for 12 consecutive months.  During those 12 months, you could be registered no more than half-time at any institution in the state.  For an undergraduate student, this would be no more than six semester hours during the Fall semester, six semester hours during the Spring semester, and no more than four semester hours total during the Summer sessions.  For a graduate student, this means enrollment not exceeding 5-5-4 semester hours.  This enrollment maximum is cumulative enrollment in Iowa.  It includes your UNI courses, Guided Independent Study courses, community college courses, classes at all public and private Iowa colleges, etc.

In addition, you could not be claimed as a dependent on income tax returns in another state.  When you are living and working in Iowa to support yourself, you need to file Iowa resident income tax returns.

We also expect to see that shortly after your arrival, you did things to establish an Iowa domicile.  Usually this means obtaining an Iowa drivers license, registering any vehicles you own in Iowa, and registering to vote in Iowa. 

No, but here is what you need to know.  A financially-dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa after the student begins attending UNI classes remains a Resident provided the student maintains continuous Fall/Spring enrollment.  If your enrollment develops a gap, your resident classification will necessarily be re-evaluated as you prepare to re-enroll through the Office of the Registrar. 

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No.  There is not a provision making residents of other states residents for tuition purposes at Iowa based on the student being a "legacy," a descendant or relative of a previous UNI graduate.

A Non-resident decision made by staff in the Office of the Registrar after review of your signed application for Resident Classification for Tuition and Fee Purposes may be appealed to the Non-resident Review Committee.

You must write a letter stating that you are appealing the Non-resident decision, explaining your situation and providing any additional information you feel may help the Committee when it reviews your case.  this letter must be submitted to the:

Office of the Registrar

115 Gilchrist Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006

After your letter of appeal is received, you will receive a letter informing you of the next committee meeting-where and when it will be held-and asking you to respond in advance whether or not you plan to attend.  Some students choose to attend the meeting at which their appeal is considered.  Others do not. 

Your application, related materials and letter of appeal will be distributed to the Committee members for their review prior to the scheduled meeting.

If you choose to attend:  at the meeting, the members of the Committee (faculty and University administrators) will introduce themselves to you.  You'll have time to tell them about yourself and why you think you should receive Resident status for tuition purposes.  They may ask you questions or to expand on things you wrote on your initial application or supplemental materials.  You will be dismissed from the meeting. 

If you choose not to attend, the Committee will review your materials in your absence.

The Committee will then decide how to proceed- up hold the previous (Non-resident) decision, overturn that decision based on outstanding circumstances, or ask you for further documentation, proof, etc. before any action is taken. 

Usually, you will receive a letter signed by the Committee chair within about 3-5 days.

Consideration of applications can take around a month, sometimes less.  During our busiest time (Summer), applications may take a bit longer.  You may hear from us via phone, mail or email sooner.  We may ask you for further information or copies of relevant documents.  Whatever the outcome, a decision letter will be sent to your residing address. 

No, applications cannot be submitted for previous semesters.  The guidelines specifically state that change of classification from Non-resident to Resident will not be made retroactively beyond the term in which application for resident classification is made.  Remember, applications are due no later than the 15th class day of a semester or session.

The deadline for applications is the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. However, at that point, you will have been responsible for payment of your full University bill.  Applications received later will be considered for the next semester or session.

If you apply after your initial University bill has been issued and you are later determined to be a Resident for tuition and fee purposes for that semester, your University bill would be adjusted. 

No, it is not something (such as a major area of study) that you declare.  The University does not track who is taking the steps to become a Resident. 

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No, Iowa does not have general tuition reciprocity agreements with any state.  This includes (but not limited to):  Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

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Yes, but here is what you need to know.  A financially dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa during the student's senior year of high school will be considered a Resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state and enrolls in the Fall semester immediately following his or her May/June Iowa high school graduation.  Since the Office of Admissions will probably initially classify you as a Non-resident, you should be prepared to submit your own Application for Resident Classification.  It is important that you then maintain continuous Fall/Spring enrollment. 

A $7.00 charge is applied to a student's account when a request to fax a document is submitted.  Mailing the enrollment verification can be done free of charge. 

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No, you do not need a ticket to attend UNI's commencement ceremony. Seating is general admission, and free and open to the public. If you, or someone you know, is in need of special accommodations, please contact Irene Elbert, Office Coordinator, in the Office of the Registrar for more information. Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or at (319) 273-2216.
 
For more information related to Commencement, please click here.

The Office of the Registrar only issues official transcripts on security sealed paper. If the student wishes to request a transcript while in our office and take it with them immediately, we stamp the transcript "Issued to Student."

If a current student needs to see their grade report, they can access the online grade report via their MyUNIverse account:

  • Log in to your MyUNIverse account.
  • Select the "My Page" tab.
  • Under "Student Center," select "Go to My Student Center."
  • On the main page, to the LEFT of your class schedule there is a drop down box
  • Select the box and scroll to "Transcript: View Unofficial" (NOTE: in order to print your unofficial transcript you must use Mozilla Firefox)
  • On the next screen another drop box 'Report Type' is empty. You need to change it to "unofficial grade report" and then click the yellow "Go"
  • Your unofficial transcript will be viewable here.
  • REMEMBER: to be able to PRINT you MUST use Mozilla Firefox
  • Right click on the page and select "This Frame"
  • Then select "print frame"
  • Your Transcript should be PRINTING!

It is important to note, that the grade report is always available to current students, but it is only available to alumni and former students for six months through their MyUNIverse account. Parents are unable to access this document at any time.

Enrollment Verifications are often used to verify a student's academic status, be it Full-Time, Half-Time, or Less Than Half-Time. An Academic Verification Request form may be completed here to obtain or send the enrollment verification. If a student would like to pick up their enrollment verification request may be submitted at the office counter with photo identification.

A $7.00 charge is applied to a student's account when a request to fax a document is submitted.  Mailing the enrollment verification can be done free of charge. 

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This document requires a statement including the student's current GPA with the university.  In accordance to FERPA, a signature is required to release this information.

If payment does not accompany the Transcript Request Form, our office will send you a bill in the mail (to the address that you have listed in the Student Contact Information section) for the total cost of the transaction. Please note that this will not delay the delivery of your transcript.

No, you do not need a ticket to attend UNI's commencement ceremony. Seating is general admission, and free and open to the public. If you, or someone you know, is in need of special accommodations, please contact Irene Elbert, Office Coordinator, in the Office of the Registrar for more information. Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or at (319) 273-2216.
 
For more information related to Commencement, please click here.

University bills may be paid on MyUNIverse (which you have access to for life) or at the Cashiers Office in 103 Gilchrist Hall. You can contact the Cashiers Office at 319-273-2628 or email the Cashier's Office.

Transcript requests are processed immediately whether or not payment is included. If the request does not include payment, the transcript will be mailed and a bill will be generated and sent to the requestor's current billing address.  Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  If you have questions on your delinquent account please call Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or e-mail the Cashier's Office.

If payment does not accompany the Transcript Request Form, our office will send you a bill in the mail (to the address that you have listed in the Student Contact Information section) for the total cost of the transaction. Please note that this will not delay the delivery of your transcript.

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Individuals interested in establishing themselves as Residents for tuition and fee purposes are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with staff in the Office of the Registrar.  You should review the process, fully understand the requirements and have your questions answered. 

You are also advised to continue (or begin) the habit of maintaining good personal financial records.  In response to your submitted Application for Resident Classification, you may be asked to submit documentation, including (but not limited to) copies of employment pay stubs showing state taxes withheld, a copy of your lease, copies of previously-submitted income tax forms, drivers license, notarized affidavits, etc.

If you move, current students should change their address using their MyUNIverse account.  Others are strongly encouraged to keep the University apprised of any change in their residence, too. 

You should remember that it is possible to qualify as a resident of Iowa for such purposes as voting or holding an Iowa driver's license and still not meet the requirements as established by the Board of Regents to be classified as a resident for tuition and fee purposes.

Also, the burden of establishing that you are in the state for a reason other than education is upon you, the student. 

By adjusting your enrollment, your eligibility for the various financial aid programs could change.  Prior to reducing your enrollment, you should discuss your plans with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid so that you fully understand the financial implications.  You should also investigate the potential impact on any scholarships you are receiving.  The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted by calling 319-273-2700 or email fin-aid@uni.edu.

It is possible that you would no longer be eligible for the health insurance that currently covers you.  If you plan to live in UNI Housing (residence halls), you should be certain your intended future enrollment plans will qualify you to live there.  Your parents will need to thoroughly investigate the implications of no longer claiming you as a dependent on their state income tax returns.  This list is not definitive.  You are responsible for determining whether pursuing resident classification is in your best interest. 

If you want to establish residency for tuition and fee purposes, you would have to live in Iowa for 12 consecutive months.  During those 12 months, you could be registered no more than half-time at any institution in the state.  For an undergraduate student, this would be no more than six semester hours during the Fall semester, six semester hours during the Spring semester, and no more than four semester hours total during the Summer sessions.  For a graduate student, this means enrollment not exceeding 5-5-4 semester hours.  This enrollment maximum is cumulative enrollment in Iowa.  It includes your UNI courses, Guided Independent Study courses, community college courses, classes at all public and private Iowa colleges, etc.

In addition, you could not be claimed as a dependent on income tax returns in another state.  When you are living and working in Iowa to support yourself, you need to file Iowa resident income tax returns.

We also expect to see that shortly after your arrival, you did things to establish an Iowa domicile.  Usually this means obtaining an Iowa drivers license, registering any vehicles you own in Iowa, and registering to vote in Iowa. 

No, but here is what you need to know.  A financially-dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa after the student begins attending UNI classes remains a Resident provided the student maintains continuous Fall/Spring enrollment.  If your enrollment develops a gap, your resident classification will necessarily be re-evaluated as you prepare to re-enroll through the Office of the Registrar. 

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No.  There is not a provision making residents of other states residents for tuition purposes at Iowa based on the student being a "legacy," a descendant or relative of a previous UNI graduate.

A Non-resident decision made by staff in the Office of the Registrar after review of your signed application for Resident Classification for Tuition and Fee Purposes may be appealed to the Non-resident Review Committee.

You must write a letter stating that you are appealing the Non-resident decision, explaining your situation and providing any additional information you feel may help the Committee when it reviews your case.  this letter must be submitted to the:

Office of the Registrar

115 Gilchrist Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006

After your letter of appeal is received, you will receive a letter informing you of the next committee meeting-where and when it will be held-and asking you to respond in advance whether or not you plan to attend.  Some students choose to attend the meeting at which their appeal is considered.  Others do not. 

Your application, related materials and letter of appeal will be distributed to the Committee members for their review prior to the scheduled meeting.

If you choose to attend:  at the meeting, the members of the Committee (faculty and University administrators) will introduce themselves to you.  You'll have time to tell them about yourself and why you think you should receive Resident status for tuition purposes.  They may ask you questions or to expand on things you wrote on your initial application or supplemental materials.  You will be dismissed from the meeting. 

If you choose not to attend, the Committee will review your materials in your absence.

The Committee will then decide how to proceed- up hold the previous (Non-resident) decision, overturn that decision based on outstanding circumstances, or ask you for further documentation, proof, etc. before any action is taken. 

Usually, you will receive a letter signed by the Committee chair within about 3-5 days.

Consideration of applications can take around a month, sometimes less.  During our busiest time (Summer), applications may take a bit longer.  You may hear from us via phone, mail or email sooner.  We may ask you for further information or copies of relevant documents.  Whatever the outcome, a decision letter will be sent to your residing address. 

No, applications cannot be submitted for previous semesters.  The guidelines specifically state that change of classification from Non-resident to Resident will not be made retroactively beyond the term in which application for resident classification is made.  Remember, applications are due no later than the 15th class day of a semester or session.

The deadline for applications is the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. However, at that point, you will have been responsible for payment of your full University bill.  Applications received later will be considered for the next semester or session.

If you apply after your initial University bill has been issued and you are later determined to be a Resident for tuition and fee purposes for that semester, your University bill would be adjusted. 

No, it is not something (such as a major area of study) that you declare.  The University does not track who is taking the steps to become a Resident. 

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No, Iowa does not have general tuition reciprocity agreements with any state.  This includes (but not limited to):  Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

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Yes, but here is what you need to know.  A financially dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa during the student's senior year of high school will be considered a Resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state and enrolls in the Fall semester immediately following his or her May/June Iowa high school graduation.  Since the Office of Admissions will probably initially classify you as a Non-resident, you should be prepared to submit your own Application for Resident Classification.  It is important that you then maintain continuous Fall/Spring enrollment. 

A financial dependent student whose parents move from Iowa after the student is enrolled remains a resident provided that student maintains continuous enrollment. A financially dependent student whose parents move from Iowa during the senior year of high school will be considered a resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Baumann.  Mary can be contacted at 319-273-2112 or by email Mary.Baumann@uni.edu

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Transcript Requests can now be requested by email Registrar@uni.edu, but still require a signed release.  We have re-vamped our Transcript Request Form to be a fillable document.  Unless you have an electronic signature file stored on your computer, you will be unable to sign the form electronically.  As a result, you will need to print out the Transcript Request Form, sign it, and either fax, mail, or scan and e-mail it back to our office. 

Upon receiving a transcript request, it is normally processed and sent back out within 1-2 business days. By way of regular mail, a transcript can be expected to arrive within one to two weeks.

The Office of the Registrar only issues official transcripts on security sealed paper. If the student wishes to request a transcript while in our office and take it with them immediately, we stamp the transcript "Issued to Student."

If a current student needs to see their grade report, they can access the online grade report via their MyUNIverse account:

  • Log in to your MyUNIverse account.
  • Select the "My Page" tab.
  • Under "Student Center," select "Go to My Student Center."
  • On the main page, to the LEFT of your class schedule there is a drop down box
  • Select the box and scroll to "Transcript: View Unofficial" (NOTE: in order to print your unofficial transcript you must use Mozilla Firefox)
  • On the next screen another drop box 'Report Type' is empty. You need to change it to "unofficial grade report" and then click the yellow "Go"
  • Your unofficial transcript will be viewable here.
  • REMEMBER: to be able to PRINT you MUST use Mozilla Firefox
  • Right click on the page and select "This Frame"
  • Then select "print frame"
  • Your Transcript should be PRINTING!

It is important to note, that the grade report is always available to current students, but it is only available to alumni and former students for six months through their MyUNIverse account. Parents are unable to access this document at any time.

Transcript requests are processed immediately whether or not payment is included. If the request does not include payment, the transcript will be mailed and a bill will be generated and sent to the requestor's current billing address.  Transcripts or certificates will not be released until all delinquent accounts have been paid.  If you have questions on your delinquent account please call Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or e-mail the Cashier's Office.

A transcript cannot be requested over the phone as a student signature is required to authorize release of your transcripts in accordance with FERPA of 1974. Please refer to our Transcript Requests Page to learn more about how you can request a transcript.

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, your signature is required to authorize the release of your transcripts. 

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Individuals interested in establishing themselves as Residents for tuition and fee purposes are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with staff in the Office of the Registrar.  You should review the process, fully understand the requirements and have your questions answered. 

You are also advised to continue (or begin) the habit of maintaining good personal financial records.  In response to your submitted Application for Resident Classification, you may be asked to submit documentation, including (but not limited to) copies of employment pay stubs showing state taxes withheld, a copy of your lease, copies of previously-submitted income tax forms, drivers license, notarized affidavits, etc.

If you move, current students should change their address using their MyUNIverse account.  Others are strongly encouraged to keep the University apprised of any change in their residence, too. 

You should remember that it is possible to qualify as a resident of Iowa for such purposes as voting or holding an Iowa driver's license and still not meet the requirements as established by the Board of Regents to be classified as a resident for tuition and fee purposes.

Also, the burden of establishing that you are in the state for a reason other than education is upon you, the student. 

You are responsible for completing and submitting a simple, two-page Application for Resident Classification.  There is no charge to submit this form.  Applications are due no later than the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. 

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By adjusting your enrollment, your eligibility for the various financial aid programs could change.  Prior to reducing your enrollment, you should discuss your plans with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid so that you fully understand the financial implications.  You should also investigate the potential impact on any scholarships you are receiving.  The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted by calling 319-273-2700 or email fin-aid@uni.edu.

It is possible that you would no longer be eligible for the health insurance that currently covers you.  If you plan to live in UNI Housing (residence halls), you should be certain your intended future enrollment plans will qualify you to live there.  Your parents will need to thoroughly investigate the implications of no longer claiming you as a dependent on their state income tax returns.  This list is not definitive.  You are responsible for determining whether pursuing resident classification is in your best interest. 

If you want to establish residency for tuition and fee purposes, you would have to live in Iowa for 12 consecutive months.  During those 12 months, you could be registered no more than half-time at any institution in the state.  For an undergraduate student, this would be no more than six semester hours during the Fall semester, six semester hours during the Spring semester, and no more than four semester hours total during the Summer sessions.  For a graduate student, this means enrollment not exceeding 5-5-4 semester hours.  This enrollment maximum is cumulative enrollment in Iowa.  It includes your UNI courses, Guided Independent Study courses, community college courses, classes at all public and private Iowa colleges, etc.

In addition, you could not be claimed as a dependent on income tax returns in another state.  When you are living and working in Iowa to support yourself, you need to file Iowa resident income tax returns.

We also expect to see that shortly after your arrival, you did things to establish an Iowa domicile.  Usually this means obtaining an Iowa drivers license, registering any vehicles you own in Iowa, and registering to vote in Iowa. 

No.  Property ownership does not make you a Resident for tuition and fee purposes. 

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No, not necessarily.  Students at the community colleges may be eligible to be classified as Residents at those schools after just 90 days in the State.  The State Administrative Code holds students at UNI (ISU in Ames and UI in Iowa City) to other, stricter standards. 

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Maybe.  You should submit an Application for Resident Classification so that we can look into which parent claims you as a dependent on state resident income taxes, and which parent provides the majority of your financial support.  This is also the case if one of your parents works in Iowa and you live with your other parent outside of Iowa.

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No.  There is not a provision making residents of other states residents for tuition purposes at Iowa based on the student being a "legacy," a descendant or relative of a previous UNI graduate.

No.  This is addressed in Guideline 8(b)3 contained in the relevant section of the State Administrative Code.

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A Non-resident decision made by staff in the Office of the Registrar after review of your signed application for Resident Classification for Tuition and Fee Purposes may be appealed to the Non-resident Review Committee.

You must write a letter stating that you are appealing the Non-resident decision, explaining your situation and providing any additional information you feel may help the Committee when it reviews your case.  this letter must be submitted to the:

Office of the Registrar

115 Gilchrist Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006

After your letter of appeal is received, you will receive a letter informing you of the next committee meeting-where and when it will be held-and asking you to respond in advance whether or not you plan to attend.  Some students choose to attend the meeting at which their appeal is considered.  Others do not. 

Your application, related materials and letter of appeal will be distributed to the Committee members for their review prior to the scheduled meeting.

If you choose to attend:  at the meeting, the members of the Committee (faculty and University administrators) will introduce themselves to you.  You'll have time to tell them about yourself and why you think you should receive Resident status for tuition purposes.  They may ask you questions or to expand on things you wrote on your initial application or supplemental materials.  You will be dismissed from the meeting. 

If you choose not to attend, the Committee will review your materials in your absence.

The Committee will then decide how to proceed- up hold the previous (Non-resident) decision, overturn that decision based on outstanding circumstances, or ask you for further documentation, proof, etc. before any action is taken. 

Usually, you will receive a letter signed by the Committee chair within about 3-5 days.

Consideration of applications can take around a month, sometimes less.  During our busiest time (Summer), applications may take a bit longer.  You may hear from us via phone, mail or email sooner.  We may ask you for further information or copies of relevant documents.  Whatever the outcome, a decision letter will be sent to your residing address. 

No, applications cannot be submitted for previous semesters.  The guidelines specifically state that change of classification from Non-resident to Resident will not be made retroactively beyond the term in which application for resident classification is made.  Remember, applications are due no later than the 15th class day of a semester or session.

The deadline for applications is the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. However, at that point, you will have been responsible for payment of your full University bill.  Applications received later will be considered for the next semester or session.

If you apply after your initial University bill has been issued and you are later determined to be a Resident for tuition and fee purposes for that semester, your University bill would be adjusted. 

Yes, but here is what you need to know.  A financially dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa during the student's senior year of high school will be considered a Resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state and enrolls in the Fall semester immediately following his or her May/June Iowa high school graduation.  Since the Office of Admissions will probably initially classify you as a Non-resident, you should be prepared to submit your own Application for Resident Classification.  It is important that you then maintain continuous Fall/Spring enrollment. 

No, Iowa does not have general tuition reciprocity agreements with any state.  This includes (but is not limited to):  Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

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No, you do not need a ticket to attend UNI's commencement ceremony. Seating is general admission, and free and open to the public. If you, or someone you know, is in need of special accommodations, please contact Irene Elbert, Office Coordinator, in the Office of the Registrar for more information. Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or at (319) 273-2216.
 
For more information related to Commencement, please click here.

Our office is under contract with the National Student Clearinghouse.  You can call 703-742-4200 to verify or visit the National Student Clearinghouse website.

If you are a local company you can contact Irene Elbert and she will send you an enrollment verification for the student.  Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or call 319-273-2216.

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Our office is under contract with the National Student Clearinghouse.  You can call 703-742-4200 to verify or visit the National Student Clearinghouse website.

If you are a local company you can contact Irene Elbert and she will send you an enrollment verification for the student.  Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or call 319-273-2216.

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No, you do not need a ticket to attend UNI's commencement ceremony. Seating is general admission, and free and open to the public. If you, or someone you know, is in need of special accommodations, please contact Irene Elbert, Office Coordinator, in the Office of the Registrar for more information. Irene can be contacted at Irene.Elbert@uni.edu or at (319) 273-2216.
 
For more information related to Commencement, please click here.

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Individuals interested in establishing themselves as Residents for tuition and fee purposes are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with staff in the Office of the Registrar.  You should review the process, fully understand the requirements and have your questions answered. 

You are also advised to continue (or begin) the habit of maintaining good personal financial records.  In response to your submitted Application for Resident Classification, you may be asked to submit documentation, including (but not limited to) copies of employment pay stubs showing state taxes withheld, a copy of your lease, copies of previously-submitted income tax forms, drivers license, notarized affidavits, etc.

If you move, current students should change their address using their MyUNIverse account.  Others are strongly encouraged to keep the University apprised of any change in their residence, too. 

You should remember that it is possible to qualify as a resident of Iowa for such purposes as voting or holding an Iowa driver's license and still not meet the requirements as established by the Board of Regents to be classified as a resident for tuition and fee purposes.

Also, the burden of establishing that you are in the state for a reason other than education is upon you, the student. 

You are responsible for completing and submitting a simple, two-page Application for Resident Classification.  There is no charge to submit this form.  Applications are due no later than the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. 

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 

By adjusting your enrollment, your eligibility for the various financial aid programs could change.  Prior to reducing your enrollment, you should discuss your plans with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid so that you fully understand the financial implications.  You should also investigate the potential impact on any scholarships you are receiving.  The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted by calling 319-273-2700 or email fin-aid@uni.edu.

It is possible that you would no longer be eligible for the health insurance that currently covers you.  If you plan to live in UNI Housing (residence halls), you should be certain your intended future enrollment plans will qualify you to live there.  Your parents will need to thoroughly investigate the implications of no longer claiming you as a dependent on their state income tax returns.  This list is not definitive.  You are responsible for determining whether pursuing resident classification is in your best interest. 

If you want to establish residency for tuition and fee purposes, you would have to live in Iowa for 12 consecutive months.  During those 12 months, you could be registered no more than half-time at any institution in the state.  For an undergraduate student, this would be no more than six semester hours during the Fall semester, six semester hours during the Spring semester, and no more than four semester hours total during the Summer sessions.  For a graduate student, this means enrollment not exceeding 5-5-4 semester hours.  This enrollment maximum is cumulative enrollment in Iowa.  It includes your UNI courses, Guided Independent Study courses, community college courses, classes at all public and private Iowa colleges, etc.

In addition, you could not be claimed as a dependent on income tax returns in another state.  When you are living and working in Iowa to support yourself, you need to file Iowa resident income tax returns.

We also expect to see that shortly after your arrival, you did things to establish an Iowa domicile.  Usually this means obtaining an Iowa drivers license, registering any vehicles you own in Iowa, and registering to vote in Iowa. 

No.  Property ownership does not make you a Resident for tuition and fee purposes. 

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No, not necessarily.  Students at the community colleges may be eligible to be classified as Residents at those schools after just 90 days in the State.  The State Administrative Code holds students at UNI (ISU in Ames and UI in Iowa City) to other, stricter standards. 

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Maybe.  You should submit an Application for Resident Classification so that we can look into which parent claims you as a dependent on state resident income taxes, and which parent provides the majority of your financial support.  This is also the case if one of your parents works in Iowa and you live with your other parent outside of Iowa.

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No.  There is not a provision making residents of other states residents for tuition purposes at Iowa based on the student being a "legacy," a descendant or relative of a previous UNI graduate.

No.  This is addressed in Guideline 8(b)3 contained in the relevant section of the State Administrative Code.

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A Non-resident decision made by staff in the Office of the Registrar after review of your signed application for Resident Classification for Tuition and Fee Purposes may be appealed to the Non-resident Review Committee.

You must write a letter stating that you are appealing the Non-resident decision, explaining your situation and providing any additional information you feel may help the Committee when it reviews your case.  this letter must be submitted to the:

Office of the Registrar

115 Gilchrist Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006

After your letter of appeal is received, you will receive a letter informing you of the next committee meeting-where and when it will be held-and asking you to respond in advance whether or not you plan to attend.  Some students choose to attend the meeting at which their appeal is considered.  Others do not. 

Your application, related materials and letter of appeal will be distributed to the Committee members for their review prior to the scheduled meeting.

If you choose to attend:  at the meeting, the members of the Committee (faculty and University administrators) will introduce themselves to you.  You'll have time to tell them about yourself and why you think you should receive Resident status for tuition purposes.  They may ask you questions or to expand on things you wrote on your initial application or supplemental materials.  You will be dismissed from the meeting. 

If you choose not to attend, the Committee will review your materials in your absence.

The Committee will then decide how to proceed- up hold the previous (Non-resident) decision, overturn that decision based on outstanding circumstances, or ask you for further documentation, proof, etc. before any action is taken. 

Usually, you will receive a letter signed by the Committee chair within about 3-5 days.

Consideration of applications can take around a month, sometimes less.  During our busiest time (Summer), applications may take a bit longer.  You may hear from us via phone, mail or email sooner.  We may ask you for further information or copies of relevant documents.  Whatever the outcome, a decision letter will be sent to your residing address. 

No, applications cannot be submitted for previous semesters.  The guidelines specifically state that change of classification from Non-resident to Resident will not be made retroactively beyond the term in which application for resident classification is made.  Remember, applications are due no later than the 15th class day of a semester or session.

The deadline for applications is the 15th class day of the semester or session for which you are applying. However, at that point, you will have been responsible for payment of your full University bill.  Applications received later will be considered for the next semester or session.

If you apply after your initial University bill has been issued and you are later determined to be a Resident for tuition and fee purposes for that semester, your University bill would be adjusted. 

Yes, but here is what you need to know.  A financially dependent student whose parents move out of Iowa during the student's senior year of high school will be considered a Resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state and enrolls in the Fall semester immediately following his or her May/June Iowa high school graduation.  Since the Office of Admissions will probably initially classify you as a Non-resident, you should be prepared to submit your own Application for Resident Classification.  It is important that you then maintain continuous Fall/Spring enrollment. 

No, Iowa does not have general tuition reciprocity agreements with any state.  This includes (but is not limited to):  Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

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