AMES – A state budget announcement Thursday left the Board of Regents up in arms over state college funding.
The Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved just a little more than $1 billion for higher education in Iowa. That includes $3 million in new money for community colleges and $6.3 million for the regents universities.
It’s less than what was proposed, so the Board of Regents says that’ll mean likely tuition increases at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
But the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Pat Grassley, says it’s also on the Board of Regents to make sure the universities are living within their means.
“They have done a study to try to become more efficient and find efficiencies on each of the regent universities. I think that is something that the regents take upon themselves to use to also lower the cost of higher education. You know, this isn’t just – the state has it’s piece that we need to be involved but the regents need to lead on that effort.,” Rep. Grassley said.