The Iowa House and Senate approved an education budget Wednesday night that should let higher education officials freeze tuition for a second-straight year.
Both chambers approved a $986.1 budget and sent the measure to Gov. Terry Branstad.
The spending plan includes four percent increases for Iowa's three public universities, plus an additional $2.6 million for the University of Northern Iowa.
Lawmakers were able to resolve a disagreement over funding of the University of Iowa. House Republicans had wanted to give Iowa a smaller increase. The bill also increases general aid to community colleges by 4.1 percent, to $201.3 million.
Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter thanked lawmakers for the funding increase.
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