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

Nygren repeats: Lawmakers should be open to ending UW System tuition freeze

“Open means we’re willing to have the conversation and discuss what our options might be and come to an agreement between the two different houses. I’m willing to have that,” Nygren said. “I agree with what I said. I’m not going to back down from it.”  >  The Cap Times

Lawmakers open to ending UW tuition freeze as cut faces opposition

The co-chairman of the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee says he is open to ending the freeze on University of Wisconsin System tuition in the next two years.  >  Wisconsin State Journal