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Regents, University leaders react to proposed tuition freeze

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

University of Iowa freshman Corey Grothe of Columbus junction is happy to hear his sophomore year won't cost him any more in tuition.

"If it's rising and college just keeps getting more expensive, that's not good," he said.

The Iowa Board of Regents is suggesting a tuition freeze next year dependant on the three universities receiving a 2.6% increase in state funding and UNI getting an additional $4 million in appropriations.

"if this money is not appropriated, the 2.6 percent that were requesting on general funding, and the four million dollars to UNI is not appropriated, then we have to reconsider what were talking about today," said Regents president Craig Lang.

All three university presidents support the plan.  Student leaders from the schools have different takes.

UNI student government president Jordan Bancroft-Smithe worries about the uncertainty of the amount state lawmakers will decide on and what that means for his school which relies so heavily on in-state students.

"Supporting such uncertainty would be nothing short of a gamble," Bancroft-Smithe said.

While in-state tuition is slated to remain the same, out of state and graduate students are poised to see around a 2.5 percent increase next year.

A small group from the UI graduate employee union demonstrated its displeasure with the plan during Thursdays meeting.

"We feel that due to the work that we do for this university, it works because we do, and we shouldn't be asked to pay more in tuition," said Jason Whisler, president of the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students, UE Local 896.

The regents are expected to make a final decision on the tuition freeze in December.

The board also approved a plan that would allow universities to replace the controversial set-aside tuition program with state funding and increased private fundraising.

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