UW regent committee erases excess credit surcharge, except for Madison

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 1:50 PM CDT
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MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A University of Wisconsin System regents subcommittee has signed off on eliminating a surcharge for most system students who accumulate too many credits.

The regents established a policy in 2002 that imposes a surcharge on students who accumulate 165 credits or 30 credits more than required to graduate from their program, whichever is greater. The fee is equal to 100% of resident tuition.

System staff wrote in a memo that a 2018 study found such surcharges don’t improve graduation outcomes and increase student debt. The regents’ Education Committee eliminated the surcharge at all campuses except UW-Madison during a meeting Thursday at UW-Stout.

The full Board of Regents will vote on the move Friday.

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