Chancellor Blank announces proposed tuition hike

Chancellor Rebecca Blank proposed a tuition increase for UW-Madison out-of-state undergraduates.

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UW-Madison out-of-state undergraduates, along with some graduate students, may see a tuition spike in coming years with a plan Chancellor Rebecca Blank proposed Tuesday.

Tuition is currently $36,805 for non-resident students and $37,805 for international students. The proposed increase will raise tuition by $810 in a student’s first academic year and $828 in the second academic year. This would cause tuition for non-resident undergraduate students to be $38,443 by the 2020-21 school year.

UW-Madison Director of News and Media Relations Meredith McGlone said the change will affect all out-of-state students who are enrolled in 2019-2020, whether they are new or returning.

“I’m gonna have to inform my dad that there’s an extra month of rent next year,” Cynthia Liu, a third-year student from Vernon Hills, Ill. said.

Blank reasoned the current tuition for UW-Madison non-resident undergraduate students is priced lower than other schools with similar rankings.

She said the university will put at least 20 percent of the revenue from the tuition increase into financial aid, ensuring out-of-state students can still attend UW-Madison.

McGlone said the tuition increase is not related to Bucky’s Tuition Promise, which Blank is committed to continuing and potentially expanding.

The Board of Regents will consider the proposal at their meeting in La Crosse this week.

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