Tuition and mandatory fees this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison would top $10,000 for in-state students, and UW-Milwaukee would be close behind, if a recommended 5.5% tuition increase is approved by the Board of Regents this week.
Forty years ago, a family could have sent three kids to UW-Madison for what it would cost to send one kid today, adjusted for inflation.
“We understand that these are challenging times. We fought the unprecedented cuts to our universities alongside UW System,” Beth Huang, a UW-Madison student and secretary of the United Council of UW Students, said Monday. “We just hope that with this 5.5% tuition increase that the annual budget will prioritize students and student services.”
Increasing tuition with stagnant financial aid will only decrease enrollment at state universities, predicted Dylan Jambrek, a recent UW-Eau Claire graduate and vice president of the United Council of UW Students.