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Oshkosh Advance Titan (Newspaper) - November 18, 1982, Oshkosh, Wisconsin november 18,1982 BY DAN BIRK The UW System Board of Regents has approved the 1983-85 budget request calling for an increase in tuition. The request has been sent to the state Department of Administration for consideration. It calls for a $54 million increase in UW funding and a total budget of $1.1 billion. Scott Bentley, president of the United Council at UW-Madison, said the Regents' acceptance of this policy will 4 'undo years of progress toward universal educational opportunities for all qualified students" in the state. Students will be paying 27 percent instead of the traditional 25 percent. Bentley said this will not be offset by increases in financial aid, and middle and low income students will be pushed out of a college education. "Students are not immune to the hard times in Wisconsin ... with regular increases in tuition, cut-backs in vulnerable financial aid programs, and the general state of the economy, students are dealt a one-two-three punch when they pay their bills." Bentley said the added $35 increase per year will result in a fourth blow, that will put many students "down for the count." "We haven't been at the 25 percent level for many years," said Tom Herzing, assistant to the chancellor at UW-Oshkosh. "We've been varying between 27 and 29 percent. The figures are not terribly significant." He cited a state report that in 1980-81, students shared 28 percent rather than 25 percent of the tuition fee. This year, the rate is 27.3 percent, he said. "For 1983-84, it will be an added 4.4 percent, which will add $45-$55 to the proposed tutition fee." Another $25-$30 will also be added to the 1984-85 fee, he said. "Buf we really don't know what the will be for the next few years. The money available for the budget may be better, depending on the economy. "The Regents have reluctantly encouraged a return to the pre-recession — a desirable goal — but not for a weak budget," Herzing said. "It should be brought back down to the 25 percent level. We don't want the tuition increase, but the state does not have the money in the budget. We have to cut back. There's not enough for programs. We will probably have larger classes, outmoded equipment, deferred maintenance and less personal attention under the current budget." "Compared to other Midwestern states, the cost here is modest," Herzing said. He said while this year's tuition in Wisconsin is $1,027, Indiana's is $1,327 and Michigan's is $2,005. "If you make a comparision over the years, in 1979, the per student cost in this state was $1,922 in inflationary dollars. Last year it was $1,659. Education is not nearly as inflationary as the cost-of-living index," he said. With increases in education and decreases in student aid, Herzing said some students are starting to say, "I can't afford to go to college." The budget is not out of control, according to Herzing. What flows into the state coffers depends upon the economic situation. There is less money now and more students. "I can't blame the students for being discouraged," Herzing said. "They should stay in college. It's a gamble, but it's a safe gamble." A* Q Test tube babies coming soon to l\V-Vladison. See page 7. # I VV-O students fast for ()\fam America. See C enterspread. # I YY - O s h k o s h volleyball team wins \YYYI AC championship; fail to gain national berth. See Sports, page V).
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