UW System Plan Could Raise Tuition 5.5%

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Most students at University of Wisconsin campuses would pay an additional 5.5 percent in tuition this fall, an increase of several hundred dollars per year, under a proposal released Monday.

If the Board of Regents approves the plan Thursday, it would mark the fifth straight year that base tuition has increased by that percentage at the system's 13 four-year schools. UW System President Kevin Reilly also proposed a 5.5 percent tuition hike for the system's 13 two-year colleges, the first tuition increase there in five years.

Both rate increases apply to undergraduates who are Wisconsin residents. They also reflect the maximum percentage that the state's newest budget will allow, amounting to dollar increases ranging from about $300 per year at UW schools in Green Bay, Parkside and Stevens Point to about $400 at Madison and Milwaukee.

The proposed rate hikes coincide with steep cuts in taxpayer funding. The two-year budget that Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed last month eliminated $125 million in funding in each of the next two years.

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