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Tuition rates appear headed up at Iowa public universities

The rise is in part due to the Board of Regents only getting about one-third of the additional funding they requested from the State.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Students at Iowa's three public universities may be paying more for tuition starting in the fall.

The Des Moines Register reports that proposed tuition rates were presented at a virtual meeting of Iowa's Board of Regents on Monday. The proposal includes a 4.25% increase in resident undergraduate tuition at all three schools.

A final vote by regents is expected next month.

The meeting included comments from student government leaders at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa. They called on the state Legislature to increase funding for their schools in order to defray tuition rates that have been steadily rising.

The Board of Regents requested $15 million in additional funding over the previous year to support higher education operations. Instead, the universities received $5.5 million for the fiscal year 2023.

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