UW rais­ing tu­ition for non­res­i­dents

In­crease will boost out-of-state tu­ition to $37,161 by fall 2020; big­gest in­creases with grad pro­grams

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin - Karen Her­zog Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - WIS­CON­SIN

LA CROSSE - Tu­ition for grad­u­ate stu­dents and out-of-state un­der­grads at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin-Madi­son is headed up again un­der a plan the UW Sys­tem Board of Re­gents ap­proved Fri­day.

For out-of-state un­der­grads, who have seen sub­stan­tial tu­ition in­creases over the past four years, an­other 4.6% jump is planned over the next two years.

Stu­dents in grad­u­ate pro­grams in the UW-Madi­son School of Busi­ness, plus phar­macy, med­i­cal, ve­teri­nary sci­ence and law schools, will see much higher in­creases. The high­est boost — 9.8 per­cent each of the next two years — will be for grad­u­ate pro­grams in busi­ness.

Tu­ition for Wis­con­sin un­der­grads has been frozen at the state’s flag­ship cam­pus, and at all other pub­lic univer­sity cam­puses, for six years. No ac­tion was taken to change that.

Non­res­i­dent un­der­grads at UWMadi­son, how­ever, have seen tu­ition go up by $10,000 over the past four years, to $35,523 this year.

Stu­dents in pro­fes­sional schools also have seen big in­creases, which the univer­sity says were needed to both gen­er­ate rev­enue and bring them closer to mar­ket rates of peer cam­puses around the coun­try, in­clud­ing the Big Ten. UW-Madi­son’s non­res­i­dent tu­ition and fees cur­rently is lower than Michi­gan and Michi­gan State, but higher than the rest of the Big Ten. Michi­gan’s tu­ition and fees this year for non­res­i­dent stu­dents to­tals $49,350, which com­pares to $36,805 for UW-Madi­son af­ter fees are in­cluded.

Past tu­ition in­creases have not hurt UW-Madi­son’s abil­ity to re­cruit top tal­ent, nor have they put a dent in the num­ber of non­res­i­dent ap­pli­ca­tions for un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies, UW-Madi­son Chan­cel­lor Re­becca Blank told the re­gents.

To the con­trary. “I think we’re at a good place with non­res­i­dent tu­ition,” Blank said.

The in­crease will boost non­res­i­dent tu­ition to $37,161 by fall 2020 — nearly four times the ap­prox­i­mate $10,500 tu­ition that Wis­con­sin res­i­dents now pay.

De­spite tu­ition in­creases, the num­ber of non­res­i­dents ap­ply­ing for ad­mis­sion as fresh­men has still grown from 15,371 in fall 2016 to 22,278 in the most re­cent en­roll­ment cy­cle, ac­cord­ing to Blank.

The av­er­age ACT score for non­res­i­dent new fresh­men this fall was 30, com­pared with a Wis­con­sin res­i­dent new fresh­men ACT av­er­age of 29.

The in­crease for outof-state un­der­grads amounts to 2.3 per­cent start­ing next fall and an­other 2.3 per­cent for the fall of 2020. The re­gents unan­i­mously ap­proved Blank’s re­quest the “in­fla­tion­ary” in­crease. Two re­gents — Gov.elect Tony Evers and Ger­ald Whit­burn — were ab­sent.

The 2.3 per­cent in­creases amount to $810 the first year, and an­other $828 in­crease the se­cond year.

Blank’s pre­vi­ous fouryear tu­ition plan ap­proved by the re­gents in April 2015 raised a to­tal of $70 mil­lion — $53.6 mil­lion from non­res­i­dent un­der­grads alone.

The new non­res­i­dent un­der­grad tu­ition in­crease ap­proved by the re­gents on Fri­day will gen­er­ate about $16 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the re­gents in sup­port of the plan. Of that amount, about 20 per­cent will be used for need-based schol­ar­ship as­sis­tance to sup­port ac­cess to UWMadi­son for all qual­i­fied stu­dents, the univer­sity pledged.

Any re­main­ing rev­enue be­yond what’s needed to help off­set in­fla­tion­ary cost in­creases would go to­ward meet­ing grow­ing stu­dent de­mand in STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, and math) fields, sup­port fac­ulty re­ten­tion ef­forts, and mod­ern­ize in­fra­struc­ture and tech­nol­ogy in class­rooms, the univer­sity says.

Tu­ition for in­ter­na­tional un­der­grad­u­ates will con­tinue to be $1,000 higher than do­mes­tic non­res­i­dent stu­dents. The over­all rate of in­crease will be slightly lower than 2.3 per­cent, the univer­sity said.


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