Iowa college students seek support from lawmakers

About 20 student leaders at Iowa’s state universities lobbied lawmakers Wednesday, imploring them to approve a tuition freeze backed by the Board of Regents, the Associated Press reports. Students from all three universities met with legislators for “Regents Day,” where they said holding the line on tuition was the most important issue to students. In February, the Board of Regents told lawmakers if they approved a 2.6 percent increase in state funding, the board would freeze tuition for in-state students beginning in August. Gov. Terry Branstad’s budget proposal includes the funding increase, which could allow for the first tuition freeze at the schools in 30 years. Nic Pottebaum, the University of Iowa undergraduate student body president, said 12,000 UI students would benefit from the freeze in the next school year…

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