Education

More Tuition Hikes Coming to UW Campuses After Walker Budget Cuts

The more than $250 million in spending cuts Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law will hit home next fall for students at several campuses

While the University of Wisconsin board of regents already approved an initial round of hikes last Spring, the board has approved more tuition hikes that became necessary after Governor Walker signed the cuts into law.

The UW system is adjusting to $250 million in cuts in the 2015-17 state budget and a state-mandated freeze on undergraduate in-state tuition through the 2016-17 academic year.

UW-La Crosse, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater asked regents for permission to raise nonresident or graduate tuition rates or both for the upcoming year.

Tuition will be increased by as much as 3.7 percent for the coming year with plans for far more significant hikes in following years.

As you may recall, $250 million is also the amount Scott Walker handed over to the Milwaukee Bucks’ wealthy owner to build a new basketball arena.

  • muselet

    The UW system is adjusting to $250 million in cuts in the 2015-17 state budget and a state-mandated freeze on undergraduate in-state tuition through the 2016-17 academic year.

    Budget cuts and a freeze on tuition. I don’t think the Rs could make any clearer their contempt for public higher education.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      Heh…any public education.

      • muselet

        True enough.

        –alopecia

    • Lady Willpower

      The fact that most of them want to literally abolish the Dept. of Education should tell you everything you need to know.

  • Aynwrong

    While I feel for the students in Wisconsin who are affected by this, the bottom line is elections have consequences. And sadly, this what the majority of citizens in that state voted for.

    • Victor the Crab

      And Bernie Sanders’ moron supporters, like Susan Sarandon, who think that by letting people like Scott Walker run the government into the ground will get people to vote them out of office to be replaced with the kind of liberals that will bring them the socialist utopia. How’s that working out, Sue?

      • Aynwrong

        What are ya telling me for?

        • Victor the Crab

          Just gettin’ it off of my chest. 🙂

          • swift_4

            Hope you feel less crabby now.

          • Victor the Crab

            Thanks for asking. 🙂

      • ninjaf

        Liberals in both camps are saying this kind of stuff, not just Bernie supporters. And not even most Bernie supporters are saying this. They are a vocal minority who are getting the tv time and print space because controversy sells.

        Hell, even the candidates themselves started in on it this week.