Despite Baldwin’s bipartisan efforts, Perkins Loan extension blocked

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The hopes of a bipartisan group of lawmakers to extend the Perkins Loan program before it expires Sept. 30 were frustrated Thursday.
Members of Congress in the House and Senate had introduced identical legislation to extend the program, but one Republican committee chair blocked the measure, while the other ignored it. > Inside Higher Ed

UW-Madison expands free-tuition program for first-generation students

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UW-Madison has expanded its Badger Promise program, which gives at least one year of free tuition to those who transfer from select two-year institutions and are the first in their family to attend college. > Wisconsin State Journal

Chancellor Blank weighs in on state budget, free tuition program and Foxconn

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Rebecca Blank, chancellor of UW-Madison, appeared on Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha” with UW Colleges and UW Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen. The pair weighed in on the budget, a new one-year free tuition program for first generation students and the proposed Foxconn plant, expressing optimism about all three. > Cap Times

GOP lawmakers reject Walker’s tuition cut, but keep tuition freeze

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GOP lawmakers have rejected Gov. Walker’s plan to cut UW-System tuition for in-state students by 5 percent, but they’ll continue a tuition freeze at system campuses. While the freeze is not quite as far as Walker wanted to go, it’s still significant, where tuition generates roughly one quarter of the system’s budget. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Budget committee rejects Walker’s proposed tech college tuition freeze

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Gov. Walker’s proposed tuition freeze for technical colleges was rejected Thursday by the GOP-led budget committee, who opted to set aside $5 million for need-based financial aid instead. Committee co-chair Rep. Nygren (R-Marinette) said the state’s tech schools are already “very affordable” and focusing resources on need-based aid will make them even more so. > The Cap Times

Baldwin co-leading effort to support working college students

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) are leading an effort to support students who work their way through school. Because students who work are currently eligible for less financial aid, the Working Students Act will increase the amount they can earn without it counting against their financial aid eligibility.  >  Press release

Opinion: Walker, GOP blocking common sense solutions for ballooning student debt

Wisconsin ranks in the top five states for the percentage of college grads with student debt. Driving this burden higher are Walker and the GOP’s cuts to the UW and technical colleges, double digit tuition hikes and underfunded financial aid, as well as the denial of refinancing for student borrowers.  >  Urban Milwaukee