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Regents pass tuition hike despite protests

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Starting next fall, Iowa college students will pay more to go to a state university.

On Wedneday, the Iowa Board of Regents passed a 4.2% tuition hike at all three of Iowa's public univeristies. That's roughly an extra $300 per year. It passed 6-2 with critics saying the increase makes it harder for families to afford college. But Regents argue the increase is needed during tough economic times.

"This modest increase was neccassary in order to chart a middle course of keeping tuition as low as possible in a challenging enviornment but also maintaining the quality," said Regents President David Miles.

Thursday, the Board of regents will vote on new sexual assault policies for all three universities. It's in response to the recent mishandling of sexual assault allegations against two football players at the University of Iowa.

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