“Even with this increase, UW-Manitowoc remains the best value in the UW System, said Charles Clark, CEO and dean of UW-Manitowoc. “A student could save between $4,500 and $10,000 by completing the first two years at UW-Manitowoc before transferring to one of the UW four-year campuses to complete a bachelor’s degree.”
The average annual in-state tuition at four-year UW institutions will be $6,939, an increase of $396 from 2011-12. In-state tuition at UW-Madison will rise to $9,273 ($10,379 with fees) and at UW-Milwaukee tuition will be $8,091 ($9,181 with fees). Student fees vary by campus.
Clark said the tuition hike will cover only a part of the cuts to the university budget imposed by the State Legislature. The university lost $316 million in cuts state revenue cuts over the two-year budget period. Tuition increases are expected to raise $110 million.
“I regret having to pass a portion of these cuts on to students and their families because I know they also are struggling,” said Clark. “We are working hard to keep higher education affordable in Manitowoc County without reducing quality. A step that we took last year, which continues to benefit students and helps to mitigate the effect of this increase, is our text-book rental program. This has significantly reduced students’ overall cost at UW-Manitowoc.”