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Ragan: “A high-quality, affordable college education should be an option for every qualified Iowa student”

ragan_amanda-2From Sen. Amanda Ragan –

I believe Iowa’s public universities are some of the best in the country. They help expand Iowa’s middle class, grow our economy, provide an excellent education to our students and build partnerships that improve communities in every corner of the state. The investment we make in our universities and our students is an investment in a prosperous Iowa future.

Professional graduates from areas such as medicine, law, nursing, education and pharmacy are employed in all 99 counties.  ISU Veterinary Medicine graduates account for nearly 80 percent of the state’s practicing veterinarians. The University of Northern Iowa has educated 11,200 of the teachers in Iowa.

Providing adequate funding to our universities helps more students get the training and education they want and find a good job, without being saddled with a mountain of debt. A high-quality, affordable college education should be an option for every qualified Iowa student. To ensure the opportunity for education, presidents of the Universities of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa are looking to freeze student tuition.

Last year, the Legislature worked together to provide an additional $23 million to keep Iowa tuition increases far below the national average of seven percent for in-state undergraduate students. This year, the universities say they can freeze in-state undergraduate tuition for next year if the Legislature can provide an additional $21 million.

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