The Board which governs Iowa, Iowa State and U-N-I has voted to increase next year’s -tuition and fees- for undergraduates by nearly 10 percent. The vote came despite the pleas of student government leaders for a lower increase. Iowa State University student body president Dan Goldring says not all students can handle the increase. Two-percent of the increase is targeted toward “improving the quality” of the universities. Goldring and the student leaders from UNI and Iowa say it’s a charge that overlaps with other fees already being paid by students.Regent Lisa Ahrens of Osage, the student representative on the Board, cast the only vote against the increase, saying she agrees with the concern over cost overlaps. Ahrens says the increase is particularly tough for families with more than one kid in college.Regent David Neil of LaPorte City said he heard the pleas of the students, but a lack of state funding leaves officials with no alternative.Regent David Fisher of West Des Moines says tuition is just 11-and-a-half-percent of the per-capita income in Iowa, two percentage points below the national average. He says that leads him to believe a college education is still affordable in Iowa, as students are making more money.Fisher says money spent on a college education is a good investment compared to the rewards it brings graduates. The increases approved today average about 300-dollars more a year for in-state students and between 600 and one thousand dollars more for out-of-staters.
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