Public Universities Depending More on Tuition Revenue

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Though higher education experts say tuition dollars set aside for financial support is common nationwide, Iowa Republican legislators are arguing it's an unfair practice for university students.

Yet, the state Board of Regents and other officials say without tuition set-asides—which redistributes tuition dollars to finance scholarships often to disadvantaged students—some students would be unable to attend the regent schools. According to the regents' office, 24 percent of all tuition paid in fiscal 2011 by state residents enrolled at the University of Iowa went toward need and merit-based scholarships.

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