Walker wants to maintain UW tuition freeze

Posted at 10:48 AM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 13:49:02-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker wants to extend the University of Wisconsin System tuition freeze through the next state budget.

The governor also warned agencies not to expect any additional funding, spelling more financial headaches for UW schools. The system has been grappling with a tuition freeze for four straight years as well as a $250 million cut in the last budget.

Walker sent a letter to agency heads July 25 saying he wants to maintain the freeze to keep college affordable. He also told almost all state agencies to assume they'll get no additional money in the biennium. The only exceptions will be K-12 education and the Corrections, Health Services and Workforce Development departments.

A system spokeswoman says extending the freeze will result in fewer classes and more time to graduation.