Walker’s Budget Looks to Cut UW Tuition by 5-Percent

MADISON (AP) – Governor Scott Walker wants to cut the University of Wisconsin System tuition by 5 percent, letting students opt out of paying some fees and grant the system’s request for additional state aid.

The governor made the announcement at UW- La Crosse on Tuesday. He says the budget he will release on Wednesday will cut resident undergraduate tuition by 5 percent, saving students an average of $360 per year. He’ll make up the lost revenue by giving the system a $35 million grant. Students will be allowed to opt out of fees that support student activities.

The budget also provides the $42.5 million in new state aide that system leaders wanted after weathering a $250 million cut in the last budget. The money will be tied to meeting performance standards.

The University of Wisconsin System’s leader is thanking Gov. Scott Walker for recognizing how important the system is in his executive budget.

UW System President Ray Cross issued a two-paragraph statement Tuesday saying the system appreciates Walker recognizing that the system plays a key role in the state’s economy and workforce. He said the budget reflects many of the system’s priorities and system leaders look forward to working with Walker and lawmakers in the coming months.

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