Regents back tuition freeze at state universities

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents is backing another tuition freeze for undergraduate students at the state’s three public universities.

The board regents called for the freeze during a meeting Wednesday in Cedar Falls.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/16llH19 ) Regents President Bruce Rastetter argued, “The board has a responsibility to keep tuition at a reasonable level.”

The proposed tuition freeze is included in a $652 million request to the Legislature for funding in 2014. That’s an increase of nearly $44 from the current budget.

If approved, it would be the first time since 1975 that the universities didn’t increase tuition for two consecutive years.

Tuition was last increased in the 2012-2013 school year, when it rose 3.75 percent.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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