Senate Update: Ensuring a college education is affordable
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Op-Ed · August 23, 2013

Through this year’s Education Budget, we’re keeping tuition affordable at our colleges and universities so that more Iowans get the educational opportunities that lead to great jobs.

Because of action this session by the Legislature, students at Iowa’s state universities aren’t seeing a tuition increase for the first time in 30 years, as they head back to campus this fall. That’s especially good news for Iowa families when you consider that the average student graduating from one of our public universities has almost $27,000 in debt.

At Iowa’s private colleges and universities, many students take advantage of the Iowa Tuition Grant. This year, the Legislature approved enough state funding for the Iowa Tuition Grant to help more than 14,000 Iowa students get the college education that is right for them with a grant of up to $4,110. To qualify, a student must be an Iowa resident attending an Iowa independent, non-profit college or university and must demonstrate financial need based on federal Department of Education standards. 

For more information on the Iowa Tuition Grant and other grants and scholarships for college, go to and click on “Scholarships & Grants.”

Senator Dvorsky is chair of the Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the Education, Judiciary, Local Government, Rules & Administration and Transportation committees. To contact Senator Dvorsky during the week, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. Otherwise he can be reached at home at 319-351-0988. E-mail him at

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