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Paying More for College

Paying More for College

By Mike Conroy. CREATED Jun 7, 2012

MADISON, Wis.-Tuition throughout the University of Wisconsin System will rise 5.5% for the 2012-13 academic year.

The Board of Regents approved the proposal Thursday at the UW-Milwaukee campus. The measure passed by a vote of 17-1.

The increase applies at the system's 13 four-year colleges and 13 two-year campuses.

UW System President Kevin Reilly proposed the maximum increase, saying the rate hikes would help compensate for cuts in state aid.

Regent Charles Pruitt said a tuition hike was a reasonable alternative to cuts that would lead to larger classes and students needing an extra year to graduate. But Regent John Drew said he couldn't vote for a tuition increase considering how flat resident incomes in the state have remained.

The average annual increase at the four-year schools is about $400.

Regent Gerald Whitburn proposed a 4% increase, but that motion failed by a 15-3 vote.