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UW Regents approved 2.5 percent tuition increase

MADISON - The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved a budget Thursday that would increase tuition by an average of 2.5 percent in each of the next two years.

The plan aims to grow enrollment throughout the University of Wisconsin System by about 2,000 students. The budget would rely on about 120 million dollars more from taxpayers.

Kevin Reilly, UW-System president says the goal is to award more bachelors degrees and hopefully entice graduates to stay here.

He says the "prize" here is growing the number of slots for Wisconsin students and families to ramp up the economy, have them have decent high-paying jobs and good lives in Wisconsin, and have an economy in Wisconsin that's competitive.

The tuition increase is tiny compared to what students have had to deal with the past four years, but it wasn't enough to satisfy a group of students protesting the Board's move.

UW sophomore John Tingley says the Board shouldn't have any increase at all if it wants to stay accessible to students like him.

He says he's a student that pays for all his education himself and because of his parents' income level, he gets very little financial aid. He says tuition increases hurt him a lot and he might not be able to go to school anymore.

While some Regents expressed support for a tuition freeze, the Board voted 15- to-2 in favor of this budget.

It's now in the hands of the next governor and legislature. If they go along, Reilly says this would be the lowest tuition increase at the UW in the past quarter century.