Regents approve 2024-25 tuition increase for Universities of Wisconsin students

In-state tuition for students at Universities of Wisconsin campuses will rise 3.75% in the 2024-25 school year under a plan approved unanimously by the Board of Regents, marking the second year in a row of increases following a 10-year freeze.

Associated Press

April 4, 2024

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A wood sign with the title The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a paragraph of text below stands next two one of two sidewalks leading to the front  of a three-story masonry and brick building, with multiple doors under a row of four pillars at the entrance, with trees and a flagpole with the U.S. and UW-Milwaukee flags standing in lawn in front of the building.

A historical marker sign stands in front of the front entrance to Mitchell Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus on May 9, 2018. The Universities of Wisconsin Board of Regents on April 4, 2024, approved a 3.75% tuition increase for in-state students in the 2024-25 academic year. (Credit: PBS Wisconsin)

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In-state tuition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other campuses in the system will increase 3.75% in the 2024-25 school year under a plan approved unanimously by the Board of Regents on April 4.

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 to a $262 spike at UW-Madison, $317 at UW-Milwaukee and between $255 and $396 at the 11 other branch universities.

Tuition is increasing for the second year in a row following the end of a 10-year freeze. In 2023-24, 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 in the 2024-25 school year, and out-of-state tuition rates will also go up.

With the increase, undergraduate tuition and fees to attend UW-Madison will be $11,604 in the fall, and less for branch campuses: $9,896 at UW-La Crosse, $10,398 at UW-Milwaukee and $8,271 at UW-Parkside.

Editor’s note: PBS Wisconsin is a service of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board.

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