CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a tuition increase at each of the states three public universities, starting in the fall.

The Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/2r77SWI ) that the nine-member board voted Thursday to approve an across-the-board $216 tuition hike for students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. Increases for out-of-state, graduate and professional students at the University of Iowa will range from $1,078 to $2,578.

All three university presidents have argued that tuition increases were needed this fall because the Iowa Legislature has reduced year-over-year state funding to their institutions by nearly $30 million.

Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/