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Minnesota students may lose tuition discount at UW-Madison

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A U-W Madison advisory committee has recommended that students from Minnesota pay full out-of-state tuition, with the goal of admitting more freshmen from Wisconsin. The panel said this year’s freshman class has a much smaller percentage of Wisconsin students than a decade ago. To reverse that trend, the campus advisory panel proposed ending a long-time reciprocity agreement in which students from both Wisconsin and Minnesota pay about the same to attend the two states’ flagship schools. Minnesota students still pay more than the in-state tuition at the U-W, but they get a discount of several thousand dollars. The governor, Legislature, and U-W Board of Regents would all have to agree to drop the reciprocity – and U-W officials say it’s not likely to happen.

Madison provost Paul DeLuca said the change is short-sighted, because it would create a number of negative social and political effects. He said only wealthier students from Minnesota’s Twin Cities could attend the Madison campus, and Wisconsin students who would otherwise go to Minnesota would instead provide more competition for the limited number of in-state slots.

Actually, about 100 fewer Minnesota students went to the U-W this year, compared to the previous year. The campus has seen a large influx of international students.