April 1, 2015
Details Buried Deep in Budget Affect Students and Voters
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“I didn’t know that was a part of the state budget,” the parent told me.
That was the reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota to allow students from across state lines to attend public universities at in-state tuition costs. This arrangement saves students and parents out-of-state tuition costs.
The governor’s budget removes state funds to pay for the tuition reciprocity program and tells University officials the program is optional.
Tuition costs vary at universities. Non-residents can pay as much as triple the tuition of in-state students. Generally the UW system is less expensive for in-state tuition so the program does cost Wisconsin.
Without funds in the state budget to pay for the program and in the face of $300 million in state cuts, it is unlikely officials will continue the agreement between the two states.