Latest: University of Wisconsin regents approve tuition increases at 5 schools

MADISON — University of Wisconsin System leaders have given final approval for a plan to raise tuition at five schools.

UW-La Crosse, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater have asked the Board of Regents for permission to raise their nonresident or graduate tuition rates or both for the upcoming year. Republican lawmakers have frozen in-state undergraduate tuition through the end of next year but have allowed the regents to adjust out-of-state and graduate rates.

The schools' proposal calls for raising nonresident undergraduate tuition by 3.7 percent at UW-La Crosse, 1 percent at UW-Milwaukee and 3.4 percent at UW-Whitewater. All five schools want to increase graduate tuition. Increases range from a half-percent to nearly 18 percent depending on the program.

The regents approved the proposal unanimously with no discussion Friday at UW-Green Bay.