Changes in store for new Wisconsin-Minnesota tuition reciprocity agreementMinnesota has finalized an agreement with the state of Wisconsin that will continue a tuition reciprocity program for college students from both states. But changes are in store for Wisconsin students.
By: Shawn Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Minnesota has finalized an agreement with the state of Wisconsin that will continue a tuition reciprocity program for college students from both states. But changes are in store for Wisconsin students.
Wisconsin's Higher Education Aids Board says a memorandum for the interstate tuition reciprocity program has now been signed by Minnesota. The move comes as no surprise, but it solidifies the agreement as students return to campuses in both states.
What it means is that Wisconsin residents will still be able to pay in-state tuition rates if they attend a Minnesota state university, college or technical college. The same will apply for Minnesota residents who attend the University of Wisconsin.
What's changing this year is that Wisconsin will begin to phase out a tuition subsidy that helps offset Minnesota's higher tuition costs. It will still be available to Wisconsin students who enroll at Minnesota campuses this year, but it will be discontinued after the 2014-2015 school year. In other words, a freshman from Wisconsin enrolled at a Minnesota campus this fall could take advantage of the subsidy for the next four years, but no longer.
The governor's office says more than 10,000 Wisconsin residents take advantage of the tuition reciprocity program every year.