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.