IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa’s president says the university must move beyond a “culture of dependency” on federal and state aid.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen ( ) reported that UI President Bruce Harreld told members of area service clubs Thursday in his first State of the University address that the school needs to find alternative funding sources for its teaching and research missions as well as increase incentives to retain top-notch faculty. He said fundraising is the key to the university’s future success.

With federal and state aid accounting for a shrinking percentage of their budgets, institutions across the country have raised tuition for various categories of students.

“This has created an environment where we are fighting for every nickel we can get,” he said. “I must also say, however, that the costs of educating a student — even though tuition has gone up so dramatically — the cost of educating a student of the last 15 years (when adjusted for inflation) is right around $7,000 a student.”

Harreld said that at Iowa’s public universities, most recent tuition increases have been for out-of-state, graduate and professional students.

Harreld, who became UI president in November 2015, received a primarily positive reaction during his speech. After the address, he said he will continue to lobby lawmakers for more state funding for the university, but will continue to encourage faculty and researchers to seek out other funding as well.

Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen,