UW-WC Tuition will increase $247

Remains most affordable in UW System

Annual tuition at UW-Washington County (UW-WC) will increase by $247, to a total of $4,750, for in-state students following the approval Thursday of a 5.5 percent tuition increase for all campuses by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. 

“Even with this increase, UW-WC remains the best value in the UW System, said Dr. Alan Paul Price, CEO and dean of UW-WC.  “A student could save between $4,500 and $10,000 by completing the first two years at UW-WC before transferring to one of the UW four-year campuses to complete a bachelor’s degree.”

The average annual in-state tuition at four-year UW institutions will be $6,939, an increase of $396 from 2011-12.  In-state tuition at UW-Madison will rise to $9,273 ($10,379 with fees) and at UW-Milwaukee tuition will be $8,091 ($9,181 with fees). Student fees vary by campus. 

Price said the tuition hike will cover only a part of the cuts to the university budget imposed by the State Legislature. The university lost $316 million in state revenue cuts over the two-year budget period. Tuition increases are expected to raise $110 million.

 “I regret having to pass a portion of these cuts on to students and their families because I know they also are struggling,” said Price.  “We are working hard to keep higher education affordable in Washington County, without reducing quality.”

UW-WC is a member 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. UW-WC enrolled over 1,100 students in 2011-12.

To learn more about summer (4 and 7 week sessions begin June 18) or fall classes at UW-WC, visit the website at washington.uwc.edu or phone Student Affairs at 262-335-5201.


Sue Bausch