Fees and Copies
See below for a description of the fees related to your thesis and how they are billed. If for some reason your graduation is delayed, these fees are only charged once. Also included is information on how to order bound copies and related costs.
Thesis and Publication / Binding Fees
All thesis students are billed a one-time, $145 nonrefundable thesis fee by the Graduate College to cover processing and review costs. Thesis students are also charged a $10 publication fee, which covers archiving of the thesis. For an M.F.A. hard-copy thesis, this fee includes the binding of one copy of the thesis, which will be placed in the UI Libraries. These fees are billed to your student account (U-bill) when you complete your Application for Degree.
Copyright is the legal protection of an author’s intellectual property. In order to establish a public record of a thesis and to prevent the unlawful reproduction, use, or distribution of the work, you may choose to register your copyright. Students submitting a thesis via ProQuest may elect to do so via ProQuest for a $55 fee. The copyright fee covers the U.S. copyright fee, as well as the costs to ProQuest of the copies required by the Copyright Office.
Students who opt to register their copyright through ProQuest must complete the appropriate section of the Submission and Payment section on ProQuest and pay the copyright fee to ProQuest.
Information on filing a copyright directly with the US Copyright Office can be found here.
Traditional / Open Access Publishing Fees
When submitting your thesis to ProQuest, you may choose either Traditional or Open Access Publishing. If you choose Open Access Publishing, ProQuest will charge you a fee of $95.
All theses are made available to the public through The University of Iowa Libraries. Electronic thesis deposits (ETDs) are first submitted to ProQuest for digital archiving and then forwarded to The University of Iowa Libraries, where they are catalogued and made available for public use through Iowa Research Online. Because your thesis will be made available to the public via the UI Libraries, select Traditional Publishing. There is no need to pay an additional $95 fee for Open Access Publishing
Ordering Bound Copies
Students do not automatically receive copies of their theses, but must instead order bound copies if they wish to have them. Because they take less time to process and are less expensive (typically costing $30–45), the Graduate College recommends ordering bound copies through the University Libraries. You can find more information about ordering through the Libraries here.