32% of new UW Madison students pay higher tuition


The new school year has just gotten underway, and according to data released by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, nearly 32 percent of new students come from places other than Wisconsin or Minnesota, thus paying a much higher tuition – in some cases, nearly triple that of in-state tuition.

Madison.com reports on this controversial trend:

Nearly one-third of new students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall are coming from outside Wisconsin and paying higher tuition, according to data released Friday by the university.

Of 7,521 new freshman and transfer students this semester, 2,417 — or just over 32 percent — are from states other than Wisconsin or Minnesota, or other countries.

The numbers reflect a continuing — and controversial — trend by campus officials of admitting more nonresident and international students, who pay increasingly higher tuition than students from Wisconsin.

Typical full-time out-of-state and international students this semester are paying more than triple in tuition than resident students, $16,369 and $16,869 respectively, compared to $5,244 for resident students. Tuition for out-of-state and international students rose more than 10 percent from last academic year.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank last year won approval for two years of tuition increases for nonresident students from the UW System Board of Regents, and also convinced them to lift a 27.5 percent cap on out-of-state students, provided 3,600 in each entering class of freshmen are from Wisconsin.

For more, visit Madison.com 

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