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UW Regents approve increasing out-of-state enrollment limits


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The UW Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday to increase enrollment limits for out of state students.

The board approved a compromise plan to let campuses enroll 27.5 percent of their students from outside of Wisconsin and Minnesota, up from the current 25 percent. Minnesota students are not considered as out of state students under a long-time tuition reciprocity agreement between the two states.

UW-Madison officials wanted to increase the limit to 30 percent, saying it would solve administrative problems and give the university more revenue from the higher out of state tuition. But Assembly Colleges Committee chairman Steve Nass balked, saying it might reduce the numbers of Wisconsinites who can attend UW-Madison.

Nass hailed the compromise – which produces enough revenue to add an extra 200 Wisconsin students per year. He says Madison will now have to admit a total of 3,500 Wisconsin freshmen each fall – the most ever for the campus.