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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 1 (Oct. 1949)

Zucker, Jim
Third round of fee boosts,   p. 25

Page 25

Truax will be of little use. If enroll-
ment figures stay high, fees from
extra enrollees may finance the proj-
ect another semester.
  10ý-Resolved to "hold the line" in
various academic areas.
  There will be little reduction,
though no likely expansion, in re-
search, extension work, the hygienic
laboratory, the School for Workers,
and the aids to small business
through the School of Commerce.
  11-Raised student fees and tui-
tion (See facing page).
  Fees were hiked from $60 to $75
per semester for Wisconsin residents
and from $160 to $225 for out-of-
state students. This step was already
taken before the budget went to the
  12-Were forced, by a legislative
measure, to add $291,000 to Univer-
sity expenses.
  This extra load must be passed on
to students in increased charges for
meals, rooms, services. It involves
University payment to the retire-
ment accounts of employees in dor-
mitories, the hospital, the Memorial
Union, and   other self-supporting
services. Formerly this item came
directly out of state funds; it was
not a part of the University budget.
  "Greatest deficiency in the
budget," comments President Fred,
"is in provision for the future." The
inability to make many needed im-
provements makes necessary "a fur-
ther critical study of every item in
the University's program   to see
what other activities can be discon-
tinued, reduced,, or made more self-
supporting." Only in this way can
further improvements be financed.
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T.hir d 'Round of Fee Boosts
        UW tuition highest in Midwest
        Reports Jim Zucker, 51,
        Summer editor of the Cardinal
  A THIRD ROUND of college tui-
tion increases hit many of the na-
tion's campuses this fall, indicating
the rising cost of higher education in
this country.
  Wisconsin students are among the
hardest hit (see chart). In order to
meet part of the tide of rising costs
the University Board of Regents has
boosted student fees for the third
time within a decade.
  The tuition for state students is
now $75 a semester-$150 a year,
compared to $96 before the war and
$120 last year. Non-resident tuition
has soared upward at an       even
higher rate. Out-of-state students
are now charged $450 a year, com-
pared to about $296 before the war
and $320 a year ago.
  The situation here is not unique.
Rising tuition everywhere is rapidly
becoming a major problem.
  In March, 1947, James Conant,
president of Harvard university,
forecast a state of affairs which has
now become an almost immediate
prospect. He told a congressional
  "I believe it is a conservative es-
timate to say that before the war
there were as many boys and girls
of real ability who graduated from
high school but who did not attend
a college as there were students of
the same ability going on for fur-
ther education.
  "Once the veterans' educational
benefits are over, the same situation
will reoccur in this country unless
steps are taken."
  The nation is once again faced
with a situation where perhaps half
of -its able students don't go to col-
  The latest rise in tuition means
that students are carrying the part
of the new load of salaries and
maintenance costs which, since the
war, have    been  borne  by   the
veteran-swelled enrollments subsi-
dized by the federal government.
  President E. B. Fred cited the loss
the University faces because of the
decline in enrollment of veteran stu-
dents in his budget message to the
legislature's finance committee in
March. He said:
  "The state must, prepare now for
the time when it must again assume
the full responsibility for the edu-
cation of its students."
  Meanwhile the student is paying
an increasingly larger portion of the
University's budget. Last ydar stu-
dent fees totaled $4,765,810 or about
17 per cent of the entire budoet.
(Total fees and tuition)
0 $50        100
*Plus extra fees for
$ 129=    I
I      I      I      I       I      I
0     $50    100    IbO    200 250
laboratories, etc.
STUDENTS CARRY THE LOAD: GI government-paid fees are dying out, so
students have to help balance the loss. This chart shows the University's
for last year and this year in relation to those of other large schools in
area. Figures represent the 1948-49 year.
During the coming year the stu-
dent's share is being boosted $671,-
308 to $5,437,118.
  The danger is that the ability to
pay will become an overdetermining
factor in admission to college.
  One course of action open is to
improve higher education facilities
in large urban areas like Milwaukee
which are not now the seat of .large
universities. The recent proposal to
integrate all schools of higher learn-
ing in the state was killed by the
legislature (see page 15).
  However, steps similar to the in-
tegration plan will eventually have
to be taken or the cost of education
may become prohibitive. The Board
of Regents has been one of the pow-
erful forces blocking the merger
  Generally one of the most prob-
able solutions to the high tuition
problem will be assistance from both
the federal and state governments in
the form of scholarships for those
students of ability who cannot af-
ford a college education.
  In the meantime students will
continue to bear a disproportionate
share of education costs even in
state supported institutions.

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