NEW INFORMATION: UW regents OK 2014-15 budget

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has approved a budget for this coming school year that freezes tuition but raises fees and room-and-board costs.

The plan freezes tuition for all students for the second straight year. Republican legislators included a mandate in the 2013-15 state budget requiring the system to freeze tuition for two years for resident undergrads, but the regents have extended that freeze to all student groups.

But the budget raises student fees by an average of 3.6 percent and room-and-board expenses by an average of 2.7 percent at the 13 four-year campuses. That would all translate to an average of about $218 more per student next year.

The regents approved the spending plan unanimously on Thursday at UW-Milwaukee.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin System officials are poised to adopt a new budget that would keep tuition levels frozen but raise student fees and room-and-board costs.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to consider the $6.1 billion 2014-15 spending plan during a meeting Thursday at UW-Milwaukee.

Republican legislators mandated the system freeze resident undergraduate tuition in the 2013-15 state budget. The system's budget plan goes further, freezing tuition for all students.

Student fees at the 13 four-year campuses, however, would go up by an average of $39. Housing costs would increase an average of $115 and meal plan expenses would increase an average of $63. System President Ray Cross says the increases are necessary to cover projects, student programming, employee raises, renovated dorms and rising food costs.

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