UW regents approve tuition hikes for nonresidents, grads

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has approved tuition hikes for nonresident and graduate students at six institutions.

Increases will range between 1.5% and 25% at UW-Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Platteville, River Falls, Stevens Point and Whitewater starting this fall.

The schools say they need more money to cover instruction, raises, recruiting faculty, technology and training clinical professionals.

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The regents approved the increases on Friday. Republican lawmakers have kept tuition frozen for in-state undergraduates since 2013.

System officials have long complained that the freeze has hamstrung them financially and have tried to compensate by raising out-of-state and graduate tuition.