University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman will seek the first tuition increase for Wisconsin undergraduate students since state lawmakers initiated a freeze more than a decade ago. Rothman will ask the UW Board of Regents to approve a 5 percent increase during their meeting later this month.

During a presentation to the State Assembly’s Colleges and Universities Committee Thursday, Rothman said the proposed increase is needed to safeguard “the long term financial viability of our universities and to sustain the quality of education” in light of rising costs and a tuition freeze mandated by lawmakers more than a year ago.

“This modest tuition increase will help our universities continue to provide students with a world-class education, produce the talent that Wisconsin’s workforce needs to succeed and spark innovation and vitality in our communities,” Rothman said.

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