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VIDEO REPORT: UW System Regents Approve 5.5 Percent Tuition Hike

UPDATED Thursday, June 7, 2012--6:10p.m.
MADISON--For some students, U-W Madison has always been the dream school. "I've always known that Madison's such a great school, it's top-ranked in the world and the nation and I've just always wanted to come here since I was a kid," said Janessa Mladucky, a current student at the school. "I'm from Wisconsin, always been a Badger fan and this school's great," said soon-to-be-senior Max Kittel. "And the price is always right and yeah, it was the perfect place for me."

But will the price still be right for some students now that tuition is going up?

Tuition's rising across the U-W system, but nowhere more than the Madison campus. Students will be paying nearly $700 more next year, bringing the tuition to more than $9,200.

The next two highest increases are at U-W Milwaukee where tuition will hit over $8,000, and U-W Eau-Claire, where students will shell out more than an additional $600, bringing tuition to more than $7,300.

"I mean I'd like to see it lower, I think university costs across America should be lower, but $700 certainly won't deter me from continuing my education here at the same time," said Kittel.

The students we talked with say they don't like the hike, but say it's not enough to deter them from studying at the school. "I don't think anyone's excited to pay more," said incoming freshman Meg Ludwig. "I mean I'm still going to go here, there still is a lot to offer." "Of course I do not like it," said Mladucky. "I mean some things are necessary and I'm already coming to this great school, but if I could go to this school and get the education without it it would have been a lot better."

As one student puts it, what's a several hundred dollar increase when you're taking out thousands in loans? "$700 when it's in your pocket and you're spending it feels like a lot, but when taking out loans every year 700 extra dollars doesn't feel like a lot, it just doesn't feel like real money," said Kittel

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UPDATED Thursday, June 7, 2012 --- 12:17 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Tuitions throughout the University of Wisconsin System will rise 5.5 percent for the 2012-13 academic year.

The Board of Regents approved the proposal Thursday at the UW-Milwaukee campus. The measure passed by a vote of 17-1.

The increase applies at the system's 13 four-year colleges and 13 two-year campuses.

UW System President Kevin Reilly proposed the maximum increase, saying the rate hikes would help compensate for cuts in state aid.

Regent Charles Pruitt said a tuition hike was a reasonable alternative to cuts that would lead to larger classes and students needing an extra year to graduate. But Regent John Drew said he couldn't vote for a tuition increase considering flat how resident incomes in the state have remained.

The average annual increase at the four-year schools is about $400.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 7, 2012 --- 11:45 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Top officials in the University of Wisconsin System are discussing a proposal to raise tuitions by 5.5 percent.

UW System President Kevin Reilly has proposed increasing tuitions at the system's 13 four-year colleges and 13 two-year campuses. He says the rate hikes would help compensate for cuts in state aid.

Regent Gerald Whitburn of Wausau says he's concerned about such a high increase. He's proposing that tuitions rise only 4 percent. That would amount to savings of about $60 to $100 per year per student.

The regents were meeting at UW-Milwaukee on Thursday to discuss tuition, financial aid and other issues. They're expected to vote on the tuition proposal later Thursday.

This is the sixth straight year that Reilly has recommended the maximum 5.5 percent tuition hike for in-state students.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Thursday, June 7, 2012 --- 7:35 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Top officials in the University of Wisconsin System are meeting to discuss a possible tuition increase and other issues.

The Board of Regents is gathering at UW-Milwaukee for a two-day meeting starting Thursday morning.

One of the top agenda items is a proposal by UW System President Kevin Reilly to increase tuitions by 5.5 percent at all 13 four-year campuses.

A secondary item will be a recommendation to increase financial aid for low-income students. The board will also receive an update on precautions put in place after the Penn State sexual-abuse scandal.

If the tuition increase is approved, UW-Madison students would pay more than $10,000 annually in tuition and fees.

This is the sixth straight year that Reilly has recommended the maximum 5.5 percent tuition hike for in-state students.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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