The Iowa Board of Regents voted Wednesday not to raise tuition charges for in-state undergraduate students for next school year, at least for now.
The board gave final approval to its tuition freeze plan during a telephone meeting with no discussion. The freeze is the first of its kind in Iowa in memory and is sure to be popular with students and parents.
But the plan is contingent on the Legislature approving a funding increase to operate the state's three public universities next year, which is by no means a sure thing. Gov. Terry Branstad and legislative leaders say it's too soon to know how the proposal will fare.
Board members have warned they may raise tuition in the spring if the Legislature does not come through.