U. of Wisconsin Lifts Cap on Out-of-State Undergraduates

The University of Wisconsin at Madison has lifted its cap on out-of-state undergraduates despite criticism that the proposal was intended primarily to raise revenue. The Associated Press reports that the university’s president, Rebecca M. Blank, told system regents that the university would more aggressively recruit in-state students in the absence of the 27.5-percent cap.

The university system is grappling with a controversial $250-million budget cut in state funds over two years. Out-of-state students pay roughly $20,000 more in tuition per year than residents do.

Among the groups opposing the measure, according to the AP, was the Associated Students of Madison.

“Our first commitment is to Wisconsin students,” Ms. Blank told the regents, who approved the measure on Friday. “But we can bring top talented young people into the state from around the nation and the world. We can’t just be doing businesses as usual.”

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