Iowa Regents to Finalize 2nd Tuition Freeze Plan

Downtown Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus can be seen in this photo taken from the top of the Plaza Towers building Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in Iowa City. The UI and the City of Iowa City have been working together on a variety of projects and have make improvements to their relationship over the last few years. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)

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By Rachel Begle

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Plans to freeze tuition rates for undergraduates while cutting them for out-of-state law students are up for approval by the Iowa Board of Regents.

The regents meet Wednesday on a conference call.

After months of discussion, they're expected to formally approve a plan to freeze tuition rates for resident undergraduate students at Iowa's three public universities for the second straight year. The freeze is contingent on the schools receiving a 4 percent general funding increase from lawmakers next year. Without it, the regents warn they may have to approve a hike later.

Gov. Terry Branstad has said he'd love to see another freeze if the state budget allows.

The regents are also expected to consider a cut in tuition rates for non-residents attending the University of Iowa law school.

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