MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows the University of Wisconsin System paid out nearly $70 million in coronavirus-related refunds to students last year.
The Legislative Audit Bureau released a report Tuesday that shows the system paid out $68.5 million in housing and food service refunds to students after campuses closed in March as the pandemic was taking hold in Wisconsin.
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The report also found the Board of Regents approved student fee reductions at four two-year schools and at UW-Milwaukee heading into the fall semester to reflect a lack of athletic and performing arts programming.
System President Tommy Thompson issued a statement later Tuesday saying that the system has lost $257 million this year because of the pandemic.