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Funding boost could limit UW tuition increases for some

University of Wisconsin officials say tuition will probably go up 5-6 percent next fall. But a boost in state financial aid would nullify the tuition hike for Wisconsin families making less than $60,000 a year.

Board of Regents' president Mark Bradley says Wisconsinites should know that college is within their reach and the UW wants students in the Badger State to enroll.

Cedric Lawson of the United Council of UW Students says he's excited about the tuition freeze for the middle class and he's curious to see how it works.

At the same time, Gov. Jim Doyle's proposed state budget would cut UW funding by up to $174 million over the next two years.

It's not clear how much would be covered by the targeted tuition hikes. But system president Kevin Reilly says students would probably get fewer services, larger class sizes, and longer lines.

But Reilly says the tuition protection for low- to middle-income families is something the UW has never tried before. It would be bolstered by an extra $38 million in state financial aid funding.

The Board of Regents will set tuition rates in June.