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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 15, 2015 5:00 AM

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Financial aid report released

The state Board of Regents released its annual student financial aid report ahead of its meeting next week.

Overall, students at the three state universities received just over a billion dollars in financial aid during the 2013-14 school year, up from roughly $882 million in 2009-10.

The institutions have boosted the amount of aid they provide as state and federal money has dwindled.

Forty-six percent of the aid was in the form of loans, 34.4 percent came from grants and scholarships, and 19.6 percent came from employment.

The report also touched on several other topics, including the number of students who received financial aid as well as indebtedness upon graduation.

The regents’ education and student affairs committee will discuss the report April 23 in Council Bluffs.

New Bachelor’s programs proposed

The University of Iowa will propose both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science program in public health to the regents.

Students in the two programs will be admitted to the College of Public Health with studies in five areas of public health: biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, and environmental health sciences.

The Bachelor of Science program will provide more depth in basic sciences for students who wish to work in a laboratory or pursue advanced education in health- and medicine-related fields.

The Bachelor of Arts, which will have fewer required courses and more electives, will focus more on the community and behavioral aspects of the field for students following careers in health communication, health education, government work, non-governmental organization work, and so on.

The UI will be the first Iowa institution to offer such an undergraduate program.

The program is expected to cost $285,000 in its first year and $1.4 million by year seven. Initially, officials expect to redistribute faculty duties but will eventually hire new employees.

Enrollment in the major is expected to be 25 in the first year and 500 by the seventh year. Officials also foresee 350 involved non-majors by year seven.

The regents’ Education Committee will consider whether to recommend the proposal April 23 in Council Bluffs. The full board will consider whether to approve it the same day.

The UI hopes to implement the degrees in the fall semester.

Regents to mull department name change

One of the most well known departments on campus could soon have a new name.

UI officials proposed to rename the Department of Psychology to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences to the regents.

According to the proposal document released Tuesday, the department believes the new name would better reflect its current and future research as well as technology use.

The regents’ education committee will consider recommending the change at the board meeting April 23 in Council Bluffs. It would then be subject to full board approval.

The degree name will remain “psychology.” The name change would go into effect in June.

UIHC rates could increase

Rates at the UI Hospitals and Clinics could increase with the regents’ approval.

UIHC has proposed 6 percent increase, which the regents will consider at its April 23 meeting in Council Bluffs.

UIHC received the same increase in April 2014, which officials estimated at the time would affect about 2 percent of people who go to the hospital, The Daily Iowan previously reported.

- by Chris Higgins

Local woman charged with identity theft

Authorities have accused an Iowa City woman of stealing someone’s identity.

Tricia Deol, 43, was charged Oct. 14, 2014 with identity theft over $1,000.

According to online court documents, Deol opened a credit card account with Comenity Capital Bank and made herself an authorized buyer. She also made her estranged husband the primary account holder.

Deol opened this account online and used the victim’s name, date of birth, and social security number to open the account.

The victim did not provide consent or have any knowledge of Deol’s actions, and did not even know the separate account existed until March 16 when he received an overdue bill/statement in the amount of $5,845.12.

Last week, the balance on the victim’s account was up to $7,477.68.

Identity theft over $1,000 is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

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