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Rallying against potential tuition hike at Iowa's three state universities

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Thursday the Iowa Board of Regents is expected to vote on raising tuition and fees at the three state universities and students are speaking out against those hikes.

Debt is a big concern for Colton Mitterer. He's only a sophomore at the University of Iowa -- and already owes $15,000.

"Education, for me personally, has already been a very big deal," said  Mitterer. "I want to go to Med School. I want to become a psychiatrist and without loans right now I can't afford to go."

Like many graduate students at the university, who held a rally against the hike Wednesday, he's concerned about the possibility of tuition and fees all going up next year.

"We cannot pay these fees because it's just driving us deeper in debt," said Jeannette Gabriel, President of UE Local 896 COGS, the graduate student union. "The undergraduates pay fees as well and now they're facing tuition increases."

For some university students, this is the first time they're going to see their tuition go up. The Board of Regents approved a tuition freeze for all three universities the last couple of years.

"We're looking at the overall expenses and the increasing expenses," said Katie Mulholland, Board of Regents.

Most tuition rates and mandatory fees are set to go up about 1.75%. For an in-state undergraduate at the University of Iowa, that's an extra $141.

According to the Board of Regents, tuition at the three state universities have only gone up 3% during the past five years, partially due to the multi-year tuition freeze. They say the national average is 5.4%.
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