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Branstad approves tuition freeze for Iowa's public universities

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DONNELLSON, Ia. (WGEM) -

We always hear how college tuition keeps on increasing every school year, but now in Iowa, students who plan on attending public universities will see a break from soaring tuition hikes this year.

That's thanks to a tuition freeze just approved by Governor Terry Branstad.

The tuition for Iowa public universities increased by 18% from 2009-10 to 2011-12 school years.

And even though the tuition freeze is only for this next school year at this point, it's still welcome news for students heading off to class in the fall.

For many high school seniors at Central Lee in Donnellson, the last thing they want to think about is more school just days before graduation.

But seniors like Van Johnson say paying for college next fall is always on his mind.

"I've been trying to get scholarships to take off some of the load because I know it's going to be a lot of money for the four years of college," said Johnson.

But, since Johnson plans to attend the University of Iowa he will see some relief from a tuition freeze.

The tuition freeze is part of a $900 million education funding that Governor Terry Branstad approved.

The freeze holds tuition at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

Kelsey Bergman is off to the University of Northern Iowa this fall and says she's happy to see tuition stay where it is.

"It's kind of nice knowing the tuition is going to be locked in and I won't have to worry about it going up," said Bergman.

Central Lee guidance counselor Angela Moore says money is always a factor in where parents are going to send their kids, so this will relieve some of stress.

"There's so many people that have good jobs, good benefits. It's still a struggle to send their children to a state university when it's just under $20,000 a year," said Moore.

Moore says the freeze will mean less of a financial burden for students in the future.

"Hopefully some kids will get out with a little less student debt. You know every little bit counts," said Moore.

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