UW-Green Bay’s room and board costs will remain flat and segregated fees will increase by 6 percent under the 2014-15 UW System operating budget passed today (Thursday, June 5) by the Board of Regents in Milwaukee. The increase, coupled with a legislatively mandated tuition freeze, means the average UW-Green Bay undergrad will pay a total of $82 more to attend the University in 2014-15 than he or she did in 2013-14 — a 0.6 percent overall increase for students who live on campus. Under the resolution passed Thursday, the average Wisconsin resident UW-Green Bay freshman will pay a total of $7,758 in tuition and seg fees for 2014-15, up from $7,676 in 2013-14. On the housing side, the typical resident freshman who lives on campus will pay $6,200 in room and meal costs, which is the same amount as 2013-14. Our news post has additional info.
President Heba Mohammad and some UW-Green Bay Student Government leaders are making a push for subsidized childcare for students, faculty and staff. A Childcare Q&A was scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. today (Monday, April 7) in the University Union, followed by a rally in support at the Weidner Memorial Carillon outside the Union at 12:30 p.m. On the student election ballot this week is what is described as a binding resolution to raise segregated fees by $10 annually for each full-time student in order “to subsidize the establishment of a Childcare Center available to students, faculty and staff. Collection of this fee would begin in the 2015-16 academic year and continue at a rate of $10 per year until a Center is established.”
UW-Green Bay’s segregated fees will increase by 0.4 percent, and room and board costs by 4.2 percent, under the 2013-14 UW System operating budget unanimously approved during Thursday’s (July 11) Board of Regents meeting.
The increases mean UW-Green Bay students will pay $28 more in segregated fees and $250 more for housing and meals in 2013-14, according to figures provided by the UW System. The changes accompany a UW System tuition freeze written into the state biennial budget, which was signed June 30 by Gov. Scott Walker. System officials have extended the legislatively mandated freeze on tuition for Wisconsin undergrads to include out-of-state attendees and graduate students, as well.
Under the resolution passed Thursday, the average Wisconsin resident UW-Green Bay undergraduate will pay a total of $7,676 in tuition and segregated fees for the 2013-14 academic year, up $28 from $7,648 in 2012-13. The 0.4 percent increase is slightly lower than the UW System average of 0.5 percent, according to System figures.
On the housing side, the typical Wisconsin resident freshman living on campus at UW-Green Bay will pay $6,200 in room and meal costs for the 2013-14 year, up from $5,950 the year before. The 4.2 percent increase is greater than the System-average 3 percent jump, due to facility maintenance and remodeling projects as well as a rise in food costs, according to the UW System. However, UW-Green Bay’s costs remain well below the System average of $6,607 in room and board for the upcoming year.
The full 2013-14 UW System operating budget, including fee schedules, can be viewed here: www.uwsa.edu/bor/agenda/2013/july-thursdays.pdf (budget starts on page four).
Dean of Enrollment Services Mike Stearney did a great job explaining the intricacies of student segregated fees for a story in Monday’s (July 16) Green Bay Press-Gazette. The story explored why UW-Green Bay has long been on the high side of UW System schools in terms of annual student activity fees (although not tuition). Economies of scale play a part — larger UW campuses spread fixed costs across a greater number of students — and Green Bay students have voted to fund major projects including University Union expansion and the Kress Events Center. “The use of fees is governed by UW System policy, regent policy and campus policy,” Stearney told the newspaper. “Students are very, very involved. A way I sometimes like to describe it is a student-approved tax. It’s the things students want outside of academics, things that enhance the campus a lot. There are certain things that, (because of) statute and policy, we simply cannot do with tuition money, for instance, we can’t build a union.” Full story.
As we told you Monday, the Board of Regents this week also will consider board president Kevin Reilly’s proposal to increase tuition at UW System schools by 5.5 percent for the 2012-13 academic year. That means an increase of $328 at UW-Green Bay, from $5,970 in 2011-12 to $6,298 for 2012-13. Factor in segregated fees, which will increase 2.43 percent to $1,350 for 2012-13, and the total of tuition and fees will go up nearly 5 percent for a Wisconsin resident attending UW-Green Bay full time. For more number crunching and additional context, see our full news release.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s annual tuition and student fees would increase almost 5 percent to nearly $7,650 for a Wisconsin resident attending school full time, according to a proposal that will be considered Thursday.
UW System Board of Regents President Kevin Reilly is proposing a 5.5 percent tuition increase for UW System students, including those at UW-Green Bay. But the jump at UW-Green Bay is mitigated somewhat by the fact that segregated fees, determined at the campus level, will increase 2.43 percent to $1,350 for the 2012-13 academic year. So what’s often referred to as the total cost for a Wisconsin resident to attend UW-Green Bay full time — tuition plus fees — will increase 4.94 percent, from $7,288 to $7,648.
Under Reilly’s proposal, a Wisconsin resident attending UW-Green Bay full time would see his or her tuition rise by $328, from $5,970 in 2011-12 to $6,298 for 2012-13. If approved, this will mark the sixth consecutive year of a 5.5 percent tuition increase for most of the System’s four-year campuses. Reilly also is recommending a 5.5 percent tuition increase for the 13 two-year UW Colleges, marking the second consecutive year for such a jump.
Reilly on Monday said the proposed increase is modest and predictable, adding that the funds will help students get into the classes they need while maintaining a safe and productive learning environment. The state of Wisconsin’s 2011-13 biennial budget reduced funding to the UW System by $250 million, while an additional budget lapse in February withdrew an additional $66 million in taxpayer support. Added to last year’s 5.5 percent tuition increase, the proposed new rates would result in a total of $110 million in new tuition revenue for UW institutions over the two-year period — about one-third of the funds needed to offset budget cuts and lapses.
“As our entire state continues to feel the ripple effects of a historic economic recession, UW chancellors continue to make tough choices and tighten their belts, while also focusing on educational programs and research efforts that will fuel economic recovery,” Reilly said.
Under Reilly’s proposal, UW-Green Bay tuition remains less expensive than the average of $6,939 for four-year System universities, and its increase less than the average of $396. All UW System colleges and universities will see an increase if the tuition plan is approved, with schools that have differential tuition agreements — such as UW-Madison and UW-Eau Claire — generally seeing a greater jump.
The Board of Regents is set to consider the UW System’s 2012-13 annual operating budget and tuition and fee schedules during a meeting that begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at UW-Milwaukee. For additional information on tuition and fees, see the UW System news release: www.wisconsin.edu/news/2012/r120604.htm. For more on the June Board of Regents meeting, including live webcast information, visit www.wisconsin.edu/bor/.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s annual tuition and student fees would increase 4.5 percent to nearly $7,300 for a Wisconsin resident attending school full time, according to a proposal that will be considered Thursday.
UW System Board of Regents President Kevin Reilly is proposing a 5.5 percent tuition increase for most System students, including those at UW-Green Bay. But the jump at UWGB is mitigated somewhat by the fact that student fees, determined at the campus level, will hold steady at $1,318 for the 2011-12 academic year. So what’s often referred to as the total cost for a Wisconsin resident to attend UW-Green Bay full time — tuition plus fees — will increase 4.5 percent, from $6,977 to $7,288.
Under Reilly’s proposal, a Wisconsin resident attending UWGB full time would see his or her tuition rise by $311, from $5,659 in 2010-11 to $5,970 for 2011-12. If approved, it will be the fifth consecutive year of a 5.5 percent tuition increase for most of the System’s four-year campuses. Reilly also is recommending a 5.5 percent tuition increase for the 13 two-year UW Colleges, the first such jump in five years.
The recommended tuition rates, which the Board of Regents will take up during its July meeting Thursday in Madison, would generate approximately $37.5 million in additional revenue for the coming year, according to System officials. That would cover less than one-third of the $125 million in cuts UW System universities and colleges have to absorb during the first fiscal year of the 2011-13 budget biennium.
“Enrollment at our universities and colleges is at an all-time high, and Wisconsin’s need for educated citizens will only continue to grow in the dynamic global economy,” Reilly said. “As we present this annual operating budget, we’re keeping our eye on the long-term goal of preserving broad access to a high-quality educational experience.
“Ours is not the only state where universities must tighten their belts to deal with state budget cuts,” Reilly continued, “but we have successfully avoided the kinds of double-digit tuition increases that would place a heavier burden on our students and their families.”
As proposed, UW-Green Bay’s tuition would remain below the System average for four-year universities, which would increase to $6,543. All UW System colleges and universities will see an increase if the tuition plan is approved, with schools that have differential tuition agreements — such as UW-Madison and UW-Eau Claire — generally seeing a greater jump.
The Board of Regents is set to approve the 2011-12 operating budget and tuition levels during a meeting that begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. For additional information, see the UW System news release: www.wisconsin.edu/news/2011/r110711.htm.