[Madison, Wis…] Gov. Scott Walker will consider extending the tuition freeze that’s been in place for the UW System since 2013 as part of the next state budget. Extending the freeze “makes a lot of sense,” he said on Wisconsin talk radio this morning.
“There’s no doubt that that is a primary focus,” Gov. Walker said.
The freeze is now in its fourth year. Renewing the freeze as part of the 2017-2019 budget would extend it into a fifth and sixth year.
Monday marked the first time Gov. Walker has openly talked about extending the highly popular tuition freeze into the next budget.
Gov. Walker said tuition costs rose 118 percent – 8 percent per year – across the UW System in the decade before the tuition freeze took effect, but he said Democrats and UW faculty now making college affordability a major political issue were largely silent at the time.
“The bottom line is tuition has gone up far too much,” Gov. Walker said.