Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuition Freeze Helps Boost UWL Enrollment?, by Carly Vail

UW-L broke records with the largest freshmen class in history. There were 1,990 freshmen alone  enrolled in the fall of 2013.  The increase in freshmen enrollment at a four-year public university in Wisconsin could be due to the UW tuition freeze.
Increase in enrollment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has increased  to 10,427 students,  200 more than the fall of 2012.
Although there are higher numbers at UW-L, the student enrollment at Viterbo and Western Technical College has decreased. Enrollment rates at WTC dropped about 260 students and about 60 students at Viterbo.  For a freshman living on campus at Viterbo, the cost is around $30,070 a year, depending on financial aid – about double the cost at UWL.  WTC’s tuition is around $5,314 a year, depending on how many credits a student takes.  Most are commuters.
The Associated Students of Madison Chair David Gardner said, “This freeze will make higher education more accessible and affordable for all current, prospective, students as well as allow students and their families to plan for the costs of higher education and ensure a more stable economic future.”
According to Wisconsin Public Radio News, UW-La Crosse has its largest number of new students since the mid-1980s. There are now more freshmen and transfer students enrolling. UW-Stout has also seen an increase in student enrollment, but UW-Milwaukee’s freshmen enrollment rate has gone down six percent.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, “The proposed tuition freeze comes after a chaotic spring for UW, which started with amicable relations with lawmakers and a proposed budget increase of $181 million. The System in April proposed a 2 percent tuition hike each of the next two years, down from the 5.5 percent annual increase approved by Regents in each of the past six years.”