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Group, lawmaker call for UW tuition cap

Published On: Mar 26 2013 09:50:50 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2013 09:56:45 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

With the expected confirmation of Rebecca Blank as the new University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor next week, some said they're concerned about a tuition increase.

State Rep. Steve Nass, who oversees the committee on colleges and universities, said Blank's approval would prompt him to call for a tuition freeze.

The United Council of UW Students is working alongside Nass to propose a 4 percent tuition cap throughout the entire UW System.

Dylan Jambrek with the United Council of UW Students is lobbying to get the Legislature to approve a tuition cap in the new state budget.

"Thankfully, currently the governor's proposed funding level probably won't result in a huge increase, but the budget isn't done yet and we have no idea of knowing what that budget's going to be when it goes through the final process," Jambrek said.

The United Council plans to meet with Blank to discuss their concerns.

"Obviously we care a lot about retaining high quality faculty and preserving the quality of the UW System, however it can't come on the backs of students," Jambrek said.

Jake Current, an Ohio native and graduate student at UW-Madison, said tuition is a two sided sword, and he doesn't think a tuition increase would deter from students attending the school.

"With state appropriation decreasing, you got to get the money somewhere and tuition is one of them," Current said.

UW-Madison refused to comment on Nass' opposition to Blank.

On the subject of a tuition cap, UW System President Kevin Reilly told lawmakers last week that UW working with students to determine appropriate levels of tuition increase and that the UW was working to be as cost effective as possible but it didn't need to be hamstrung by legislatively imposed tuition limits.

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