MADISON (WKOW) — Since 2013 freezing tuition at the University of Wisconsin has been in place, but two Republican lawmakers said instead they want the UW Board of Regents to increase tuition and cap it each year no greater than the rate of inflation.
The proposal introduced by Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenville) would also lock-in a student’s tuition at the same rate they paid the first year and then the following three.
Recent UW-Madison graduate L. Lindblom of Waukesha said most of her colleagues didn’t graduate in four years and fears students loans could increase if a tuition freeze is eliminated.
“It’s frustrating mostly because of the uncertainty, you don’t really know how much it’s going to increase costs and tuition is already really expensive,” said Lindblom.
A UW-Madison support group, Badgers United believes ending the freeze could bring back millions to the University.
“I think money into UW Madison is good for the entire state, for every dollar that comes in 24 bounces around the state creating economic value $15 billion in economic value,” said Amber Schroeder, Badgers United executive director.
However one liberal advocacy group, One Wisconsin Now, said it would do more harm than good.
“It’s a recipe for more student loan debt and adding to a continuing economic debt crisis, it’s not the answer,” said Mike Brown, deputy director One Wisconsin Now.
The proposal faces an uphill battle as a majority of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle support a tuition freeze and it’s been a popular tool to tout UW campuses.