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Tuition increase approved for University of Wisconsin-Madison, other campuses



FILE PHOTO: UW-La Crosse campus in June of 2021. (PHOTO: Rick Solem).

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In-state tuition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other campuses in the system will increase 3.75% next school year under a plan approved unanimously by the Board of Regents on Thursday.

Combined with an increase in fees, the total tuition and fee increase will be 4.4% on average, the university said. The tuition increase alone equates a $262 spike at UW-Madison, $317 at UW-Milwaukee and between $255 and $396 at the 11 other branch universities.

The resident undergraduate tuition and segregated fees for each university in 2024–25 are as follows:

  • UW-Eau Claire: $9,643
  • UW-Green Bay: $8,700
  • UW-La Crosse: $9,896
  • UW-Madison: $11,604
  • UW-Milwaukee: $10,398
  • UW-Oshkosh: $8,532
  • UW-Parkside: $8,271
  • UW-Platteville: $8,425
  • UW-River Falls: $8,824
  • UW-Stevens Point: $9,049
  • UW-Stout: $9,386
  • UW-Superior: $8,813
  • UW-Whitewater: $8,406

Tuition is increasing for the second year in a row following the end of a 10-year freeze. Last year it went up by about 5% on average.

When room and board costs are factored in, the average cost of attendance for resident undergraduates would increase by about 3.8%. The tuition hike is expected to generate about $39 million a year systemwide and will be used to combat rising costs, UW President Jay Rothman said.

Republican state Rep. Mark Born, co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee, criticized the university for raising tuition.

“Years of high inflation have already strained the budgets of Wisconsin families, and this tuition raise will make the cost of higher education more unattainable,” Born said in a statement.

Student fees will increase by an average $74 annually next year, and out-of-state tuition rates will also go up.

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