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Tuition Headed Higher At Iowa State, UNI

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Tuition is going up next semester at Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, but remains frozen at the University of Iowa.

The state Board of Regents has voted to hike tuition by three percent on the Ames and Cedar Falls campuses. 

The vote came after Iowa State and UNI student leaders from those campuses supported the tuition increase.  But, UI student body president Liz Mills said the mid-year tuition increase would shock some student budgets.

That resonated with Regent Patricia Cownie of Des Moines.

“Well, based on the information the students have given us, I would amend to exempt the University of Iowa from the tuition raise for a number of reasons,” she said.

When the Regents voted on the amended motion to exempt the University of Iowa from the tuition increase, Regents Larry McKibben and Katie Mullholland cast the only “no” votes.

McKibben said he didn’t think the universities should be treated differently.

Also Wednesday, the Regents approved asking state legislators for an extra $4.5 million dollars, and earmarking it for the University of Iowa.