AMES, Iowa--Iowa college graduates have the sixth highest amount of debt in the nation and the Iowa Board of Regents could put them even further in the red.
Iowa college students are leaving school with nearly $30,000 in loans.
For the past two years tuition has been frozen at all three Iowa universities and students want to keep it that way.
“In this economy it`s hard to find a job quickly out of college that can pay you enough that you can afford your rent, your car insurance and your student loan payment, food and all that stuff,” says ISU Junior Jane Kersch.
The United States Student Association held dual rallies at Iowa and ISU to send the regents a message.
The association is asking the Regents to not increase tuition, allow full public funding for all three state universities and eliminate administrative fees.
The proposed increase in tuition for all three universities is 1.74% or about $115 per academic year.
The Regents are also proposing an increase in mandatory fees across the board.
The Regents will meet Thursday in Iowa City to discuss the proposal.
No action is expected to take place until December.