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Iowa Board of Regents confirms tuition freeze

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Board of Regents is following up on its promise of freezing tuition at Iowa's public universities now that an education budget is in the books.

The board says the undergraduate tuition freeze, which will be applied for the 2013-2014 school year, will be the first in 30 years.

The Legislature approved the $897 million higher education budget last week. It increases the board's budget by 2.6 percent — or $12 million — which is something officials said was needed for the freeze to happen.

The budget also gives $10 million to the University of Northern Iowa.

Interim Board President Bruce Rastetter called the budget a testament to the Legislature and "the value these institutions provide."

The Iowa Legislature adjourned its session Thursday.