Without aid, University of Wisconsin schools hard to afford

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It’s nearly impossible for University of Wisconsin students to work their way through school in four years with only a minimum-wage summer job and part-time work during the school year, without family or need-based financial aid, a review by a newspaper has found.

Tuition at four-year UW campuses has risen above the rate of inflation since 1987, even as state support has lagged inflation since 1980, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. That leaves many students with a difficult choice — work endless hours or graduate deep in debt.

In 1978, UW-Madison students who paid their own way without any help had to earn about $2,400, which could be done by working a minimum-wage job full-time over the summer and about 10 hours per week during the school year, for a total of 891 hours.

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