WHEN THE STATE LEGISLATURE adopted its 2011-2013 budget last year and cut $217 million from the University’s budget, legislators assumed UW tuition would increase by at least 16 percent for each of the two years of the biennium to partially offset the cuts.
The supplemental 2012-13 budget passed this April included no additional major cuts to higher education–a pivotal step in stabilizing the UW’s budget situation. However, the supplemental budget did not reduce cuts enacted last year. Thus, the second-year tuition increase of 16 percent is being considered by the Board of Regents, which will adopt 2012-13 tuition rates on June 7. Even with such an increase, funding per student will be more than $3,000 less than it was in 2008.
With a 16 percent increase, tuition next year would be just below the average of peer public research universities.