Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 239

Limits tuition to 3% increases

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Read testimony by Donald J. Mash
Read testimony by Peter Spear

(Kreibich) Limits tuition increases to three percent.

Referred to: Colleges and Universities Committee.

UW System Position

OPPOSE: A percentage tuition limit is not practical as long as tax support per student is not guaranteed from one biennium to the next.

Unless additional state tax support accompanies a tuition cap to replace lost revenue, this will be a further cut to the UW System.

The fiscal estimate of this proposal reveals that to replace the tuition revenue that would be lost, general purpose revenues to support the UW System would have to increase by $23.8 million in the first year of the 2005-07 biennium, and by an additional $21.8 million in the second year.

When the Board of Regents proposes increases in tuition, they strive to balance educational quality, access and ability to pay. The Regents policy is that tuition increases should be moderate and predictable. The Regents also support financial aid increases to “hold harmless” students from families of the two bottom income quartiles.