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Iowa legislature supports funding increase for universities

University of Iowa
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DES MOINES – The Joint Senate and House Education Appropriations Committee approved this week a 4 percent funding increase for each of Iowa’s public universities. The board also approved $2.6 million in special funding to the University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) base.

Coupled with the $4 million previously appropriated (and not yet drawn down), UNI will freeze tuition for the next school year. The 4 percent increase in state funding for all three public universities will hold in-state tuition steady at UNI as well as Iowa State University and the University of Iowa for a second year in a row.


UNI President Bill Ruud said in a statement that “the university is grateful to the Iowa Legislature for recognizing the unique funding challenges at UNI resulting from our historic focus on educating Iowa residents. With this additional funding, UNI will continue to be an affordable and accessible option for students.”

The Iowa Board of Regents – a group of nine citizen volunteers who govern the state’s three public universities and two special K-12 schools – the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School – thanked the Joint Senate and House Education Appropriations Committee for their support of the Regent universities this week in letter after the funding was announced.

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