Students who plan on attending one of the state’s three public universities next year will be paying more money and taking on more debt to earn a degree. The Board of Regents (BOR) announced this week that they will be addressing a proposed tuition increase that will impact Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. The tuition increase will average 3.4% across the state’s universities.

The announcement of tuition increases comes just a week after the Governor signed into law more than $10 million in cuts to the Board of Regents. Earlier this session, these cuts were approved at the insistence of Republican lawmakers even though they were not needed to balance the budget.

The increase in tuition could lead to more Iowa students looking at out-of-state schools in bordering states that offer lower tuition for Iowa students. Many current college students spoke out against the cuts at a public hearing held at the Capitol. The students fear that college will soon become unaffordable for many working families in Iowa.