UWMC Tries to Keep College Affordable as Tuition Hikes

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Though school is out, the reality of how much it will cost to attend college is setting in.

Last week the UW Board of Regents approved a tuition hike of 5.5 percent at all UW schools and universities.

They cited the state's cut of $250 million in funding in the last biennial budged, coupled with the need to ensure quality education as the reasons why the hike is necessary.

Next year a student at UW-Madison will pay $9,273 for one academic year. For comparison, a student at UW-Marathon County, a two-year college, will pay $4,750.

"The Board of Regents and the State tend to do a very good job trying to maintain tuition at that level. Being a public institution you have to do the best you can," said Dr. Franklyn Taylor, the assistant dean of student services at UW-Marathon County.

But the cost of higher education is higher than ever, putting a strain on cash-strapped students in a poor economy.

"I don't think it's necessary, you're already paying enough," said Ashley Worzella, a UWMC student.

The cost of college is a factor for everyone who wants to go, but at UWMC Dr. Taylor says they're trying to keep school affordable while maintaining quality education.

"We are still providing the same amount if not more services for students even at the cost of the cuts," he said.

Last year tuition at UWMC went up about three percent, but previously had been frozen since 2006.

More than 60 percent of Sudan's receive financial aid and without likely couldn't attend college.

Gov. Scott Walker promises to keep financial aid available.

"I'm committed to maintain financial support so that those in the greatest need have the greatest amount of support out there," he said.

Tuition has increased 16.5 percent at UW schools in the last three years.

The last state budget did not increase funding for the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant program, the state's primary need-based financial aid program.

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