Annual in-state tuition at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County will increase $235 to $4,503 starting with the fall semester. The UW System Board of Regents voted Thursday to increase tuition 5.5 percent at all system campuses.
The increase marks the end of a four-year tuition freeze for UW-WC. Tuition at UW System’s 13 four-year campuses has increased 5.5 percent each of the past four years. UW System President Kevin Reilly recommended the across-the-board increase to make up part of a $250 million reduction in state tax support for the UW System.
“Even with this increase, UW-WC continues to have the lowest tuition in the UW System and remains a tremendous educational value,” said Dr. Alan Paul Price, Campus Executive Officer and Dean. “I want to emphasize that we will trim every possible expense to lessen the impact on students of the $250 million budget cut without affecting the quality of education.”
The average in-state tuition at four-year UW institutions will be $6,543, an increase of $381 from last year. In-state tuition at UW-Madison will rise to $8,369 and at UW-Milwaukee will be $7,669. The figures do not include student fees, which are approved by the student government and vary by campus. Segregated fees at UW-WC were $13.63 per credit for the most recent semester.
Reilly said the tuition hike will generate approximately $37.5 million in additional revenue for the coming year, which will cover less than one third of the $125 million in budget cuts the UW System must make in the first fiscal year of the two-year budget cycle.
“As we present this annual operating budget, we’re keeping our eye on the long-term goal of preserving broad access to a high-quality educational experience,” he said. “Ours is not the only state where universities must tighten their belts to deal with state budget cuts, but we have successfully avoided the kinds of double-digit tuition increases that would place a heavier burden on our students and their families. Wisconsin’s need for educated citizens will only continue to grow in the dynamic global economy.”
The University of Wisconsin –Washington County is part of the UW Colleges, the UW System’s network of 13 freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online that offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. To learn more about fall classes at UW-WC, visit the website at washington.uwc.edu or phone Student Affairs at 262-335-5201.