- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Regents for Iowa’s public universities have agreed to increase undergraduate tuition for resident students at the University of Iowa and keep tuition the same at two other universities.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://icp-c.com/1MYp4zH ) reports regents approved Wednesday a 3 percent tuition increase at the University of Iowa. Undergraduate tuition for resident students at the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University will remain at the spring 2016 level for the 2016-17 school year.

Concern over student debt levels at Iowa’s three public universities led regents to freeze resident undergraduate tuition for the past two and a half years. It also led to a system-wide efficiency review.

The board had planned on freezing tuition for all three universities during the 2015-16 year, but the state Legislature approved a budget that included funding increases that were much lower than what the regents had requested.

Tuition levels are dependent on legislative and gubernatorial approval of the regents’ funding request. The board agreed to request a 4 percent increase for general university operating support during its September meeting.

Regents President Bruce Rastetter said he would recommend a tuition increase review if the board does not get additional funds.

The board also approved a $500 tuition increase for international students at Iowa State University. School officials say the university can no longer absorb the additional costs that come with educating 4,041 international students from 116 countries.

The university’s student government asked the board earlier this week to cut the proposed tuition increase by at least half and to ensure that the money would be used directly to benefit international students.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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