MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on the University of Wisconsin System regents’ vote on the system’s 2017-2018 budget (all times local):
The University of Wisconsin System regents have approved the system’s $6.2 billion budget for 2017-18.
The regents approved the spending plan on a 16-1 vote Thursday afternoon.
The budget keeps undergraduate resident tuition flat as per a legislative mandate but raises student fees and campus housing costs by 2.6 percent on average across the system’s four-year schools.
The budget also restores $25 million that legislators didn’t give the system in 2016-17 and divvies it up between the campuses. UW-Madison supporters are upset with a decision to give the flagship campus only $2.9 million, saying the school typically receives about 38 percent of state aid and should really get $9.4 million.
System officials say UW-Madison’s overall budget is already up 2 percent from last year and other campuses need help.
The University of Wisconsin System regents are poised to vote on a budget that would raise students’ fees and campus housing costs.
The regents are scheduled to vote on the budget during a meeting at UW-Madison Thursday.
The budget calls for raising student fees and housing costs by an average of 2.6 percent across the system’s four-year schools. System officials say the fee increases will cover student union costs, child care, fluctuating enrollment and dorm upgrades.
The budget also restores $25 million lawmakers cut from the system in the last fiscal year and divvies it up among system campuses. UW-Madison supporters are upset that the flagship school will receive only $2.9 million. They say the school deserves more.
Undergraduate resident tuition will remain flat as per a legislative mandate.