WI College Affordability

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wisconsin's high schools are doing a good job of preparing students for college. But a new study says state has not made substantial progress in making post-secondary education more accessible to a wider range of students.

The nonprofit National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education study says Wisconsin's four-year public colleges are more affordable than in some other states. But it still gave the state a "C" grade on college affordability.

The study found Wisconsin families pay an average of 17 percent of their income after financial aid to send one child to community colleges, and 18 percent for public ones. But private four-year colleges and universities cost families an average of 50 percent of their income after financial aid.

In Wisconsin, the survey found the lowest income residents would have to spend about 41 percent of their income for community college and 123 percent for private college, after financial aid.

But Wisconsin got an "A minus" for college preparation, with 56 percent of students taking upper-level math and 37 percent taking upper-level science.

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