Members of the board that governs Iowa's three public universities are supporting a proposal to freeze tuition for in-state undergraduate students next year.
The Iowa Board of Regents discussed plans Thursday in Iowa City to keep tuition at $6,678 at the University of Iowa and $6,648 at Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
Final approval is expected in December and regents said they could later impose a tuition hike if lawmakers do not approve their request for a 2.6 percent funding increase.
The board also approved a plan that would allow universities to phase out the controversial practice of using tuition revenue to provide grants and scholarships to students. The plan requires universities to raise more private money and lawmakers to create a new financial aid program.