Tuition fees continue to rise year after year across the United States, and Iowa public universities are no different.
The Des Moines Register reported that mandatory fees have increased 53 percent over the last 10 years at Iowa's three public universities.
The fees cover two areas: technology- where they go toward salaries for staff to maintain equipment and other duties and toward recreation centers, which range from climbing walls to machines, according to the Register.
The fees have quietly added up over the years, and provided quite a shock to parents and students alike.
According to the article findings, students at the University of Iowa can expect to spend $1,379 in mandatory fees. Students at the Iowa State will spend $1,077.60 and University of Northern Iowa Students will spend $987.
The Register reported there is no easy way for parents and students to find out about the scope of mandatory fees during college.