(NBC15) After a 36 percent tuition increase in the last legislative session, Rep. Rob Kreibich is proposing a bill to cap tuition in the University System over the next two years.
Kreibich says the bill will limit tuition and fee increases in the next budget to three percent. He says the cap is needed in order; to make higher education in Wisconsin affordable and accessible to all, and a $1.6 million budget shortfall likely means the $15 million in general purpose revenue requested for financial aid will not be provided.
Kreibich says, “Increasingly, we're seeing the trend going in the wrong direction. We're seeing more and more families of kids on our UW campuses from upper income families. So statistically, it looks like more and more middle income families are finding higher education in this state unaffordable.”
The tuition cap isn't new. Two years ago, there was an eight percent tuition cap in place, which Gov. Doyle repealed as part of his budget.