Office of Budget and Planning
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University of Wisconsin System Tuition Policy Principles
Board of Regents Guiding Principles
1. Tuition and financial aid in the UW System should balance educational quality, access, and ability to pay.
2. As a matter of fiscal and educational policy, the state should, at a minimum, strive to maintain its current GPR funding share (65%) of regular budget requests for cost-to-continue, compensation and new initiatives, and fully fund tuition increases in state financial aid programs.
3. Nonresident students should pay a larger share of instructional costs than resident students, and at least the full cost of instruction when the market allows. Nonresident rates should be competitive with those charged at peer institutions and sensitive to institutional nonresident enrollment changes and objectives.
4. Where general budget increases are not sufficient to maintain educational quality, supplemental tuition increases should assist in redressing the imbalance between needs and resources.
5. Tuition increases should be moderate and predictable, subject to the need to maintain quality.
6. GPR financial aid and graduate assistant support should “increase at a rate no less than that of tuition” while staying “commensurate with the increased student budget needs of students attending the UW System.” In addition, support should also reflect “increases in the number of aid eligible students.”
7. General tuition revenue (to cover regular budget increases under the standard 65% GPR and 35% Fees split) should continue to be pooled systemwide. Special fees may be earmarked for particular institutions and/or programs increasing those fees.
8. When considering tuition increases beyond the regular budget, evaluation of doctoral graduate tuition should consider impacts on multi-year grants and the need to self-fund waivers or remissions from base reallocation within departmental budgets.
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