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UW Regents consider 5.5 percent hike in tuition, room and board, dorm fees

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents will consider a new budget today that includes a 5.5 percent tuition increase and a 5.3 percent jump in fees for dorm residents.

The tuition hikes would be less than $300 at most of the 13 four-year campuses. Average room-and-board rates would rise by $284, and mandatory fees would jump an average of $51.

All those figures vary by campus and Madison senior Chynna Haas says the fee hikes will be especially hard to handle.

But national education observers say many other public colleges are raising their tuition and fees by more than 10 percent, while the UW's increases are all under 6 percent.

Regents' president Chuck Pruitt says his panel is sensitive to the rising cost of higher education, especially in today's economy.

But he says the campuses are also responding to student demands for better services.

They include things like dorm renovations, more meal plans and longer dining hours.