STUDENT RALLY: Students Fight For Funding

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The battle over how to fund higher education in Iowa continues at the statehouse, and now Iowa’s students are weighing in.

Students from three of Iowa's public Universities kicked off a new awareness campaign Monday night called "Universities for a Better Iowa." Organizers hope it reaches state legislators, who have yet to come to an agreement on the Education Appropriations Bill.

“The concern I'm hearing from students is about tuition,” said State Rep. Scott Raecker (R), “And I think it's a legitimate issue. There’s a very high amount of debt students are coming out of college with and I think one of the things we need to look at is how is that tuition being used for those students education."

“We not only need to have good paying jobs for graduates of Iowa's community colleges and regents we also need to give the entrepreneurial opportunity. Give them reasons to stay in the state of Iowa,” said State Senator Daryl Beall (D).

More than 100 students joined in Monday’s Rally to support public education in the state, and share their stories. They drove, or bused, to the State Fairgrounds where the event took place. Several speakers addressed the crowd, including students, Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds.

“Students that are looking to choose a university, they need to understand the importance of what’s going on right now,” said Rhonda Greenway with UNI, “We’re seeing the potential bubble effects of college loans and college debt so you have to be very confident of what’s happening at the state level.”

There are ten more stops planned in the next three weeks across the state.