UW System regents committee signs off on tuition increases

MADISON — A University of Wisconsin System regents committee has approved a plan to raise nonresident and graduate tuition at five campuses.

Republican lawmakers have frozen resident undergraduates tuition through the 2016-17 academic year, but regents retain the power to raise out-of-state and graduate tuition.

UW-La Crosse, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater have asked the regents for permission to raise their nonresident and graduate tuition ranging from half-a-percent increase for master degrees in applied psychology and food services at UW-Stout to a nearly 18 percent increase for a master's degree in computer science at UW-Platteville.

The regents' finance committee approved the proposal during a meeting Thursday at UW-Green Bay. The full Board of Regents is expected to take up the plan on Friday.