UW students face another tuition hikeTuition will go up about 5 percent this fall, for most in-state students at many UW-System campuses.
By: Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Tuition will go up about 5 percent this fall, for most in-state students at many UW-System campuses. That's follows Thursday’s vote by the UW-Board of Regents.
It's not faculty and staff pay raises driving the tuition hike. Almost all UW-workers are in the middle of a two-year wage cut because of state mandated furloughs. Instead, UW System president Kevin Reilly says the biggest reason tuition needs to go up again this fall, is to partly make up for a $255-million cut in state aid to the UW.
Reilly contends the UW is tightening its belt to offset about 60-percent of the aid cut. He also says students from households of less than $60,000 in income will not have to pay the tuition increase.
Reilly's explanation doesn't satisfy about a dozen UW students who held up signs at the Regents meeting protesting the tuition hike. UW-Milwaukee student Jacob Flom of the Education Rights Campaign said that many UW administrators could help hold down tuition by taking bigger pay cuts.
The Regents blocked Flom's group from speaking during the meeting, as the Regents said the day's agenda was too crowded. But the students were invited to file written remarks. Tuition will not go up at the UW's two-year campuses this fall, but some regents say an increase should be looked at for next year.