Tensions are escalating between private colleges and public universities in a battle to win state education dollars.
At issue is the $49 million in Iowa Tuition Grant money the state gave last year to more than 18,000 students attending Iowa’s private colleges and universities, even as the Legislature slashed funds to public universities.
Iowa Board of Regents President Craig Lang said in an interview with The Des Moines Register last week that private college students have received $150 million in state funds the last three years. He noted that was money not available to “our public universities, which the people of Iowa own.”
Gary Steinke, president of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, said he was shocked at Lang’s statements.