UW System Hopes to Ease Tuition Hikes
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Students within the University of Wisconsin System have become accustomed to regular 5.5 percent tuition hikes, but they might be in line to see some relief.
The governor's proposed two-year budget includes $181 million in new taxpayer investments in the UW System. A UW System executive says the money could allow the board of regents to impose a smaller tuition increase than in previous years.
Freda Harris is the UW System's vice president for budget and planning. She said Thursday that students currently pay 70 percent of the cost of their education with the state making up the rest, and that officials are hoping to close that gap.
She says in the 1970s, the state paid 75 percent of the cost of education.