- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents has approved $65.4 million in cuts to the state’s public universities in the latest blow to their budgets.

The Des Moines Register reports that the board unanimously approved a $1.5 billion general operating budget for the schools Tuesday afternoon that includes $727.9 million for the University of Iowa, $629.9 million for Iowa State University and $170 million for the University of Northern Iowa.

The reductions are on top of an $8 million cut in state funding approved by the Legislature last month.

The universities expect to bring in $53 million less in tuition this year as a result of the enrollment decline and an across-the-board tuition freeze approved by the regents in June.

“Every pocket of our university has been impacted by the virus,” University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said Tuesday in a presentation to the board.

In March, Iowa’s three public universities moved classes online and closed campus buildings to students and faculty as the novel coronavirus first emerged in the state, costing the schools an estimated $178 million in lost revenue and added expenses, including more than $41 million in tuition refunds.

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