- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on the University of Wisconsin System regent actions during Thursday’s meeting at UW-Milwaukee:

3:46 p.m.

The University of Wisconsin System regents have agreed to ask lawmakers to give Wisconsin students another $12.7 million in financial aid over the next biennium.

The Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday during a meeting at UW-Milwaukee to ask the state Higher Educational Aids Board to include the extra money for the Wisconsin Grant-UW program in its 2017-19 budget request to Gov. Scott Walker.

System officials say state funding for the program has stood at $58.3 million since 2010-11 even though about 6,400 additional students have become eligible between 2008-09 and 2014-15, resulting in smaller individual grants.

The additional money would raise the average award back to the 2009-10 level of $2,161.

Regent Gerald Whitburn called the increase overdue.

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3:27 p.m.

The University of Wisconsin System regents have approved a new budget that raises students’ fees and charges them more for housing and food.

The Republican-crafted state budget prohibits system officials from raising undergraduate tuition but they’re free to raise fees and other price tags. Under the system’s 2016-17 budget proposal, fees will increase an average of $59 per student across the system. UW-La Crosse students would face a $259 increase, by far the largest of any of the system’s 13 four-year schools.

Room rates will go up an average of $109 per student and meal plan costs will increase an average of $8 per student. Overall, system students will have to pay on average $206 more than last year.

The regents approved the budget unanimously on Thursday.

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1:59 p.m.

University of Wisconsin System students won’t face higher tuition next year but they would have to shell out more for fees as well as housing and food under a budget plan regents were set to approve Thursday.

The Republican-crafted state budget prohibits system officials from raising undergraduate tuition but they’re free to raise fees. Under the system’s 2016-17 budget proposal, fees would increase an average of $59 per student across the system. UW-La Crosse students would face a $259 increase, by far the largest of any of the system’s 13 four-year schools.

Room rates would go up an average of $109 per student and meal plan costs would rise an average of $8 per student. Overall, students would have to pay on average $206 more than last year.

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1:15 p.m.

A University of Wisconsin System regent committee has given UW-Madison’s chancellor permission to spend an $800,000 donation as she sees fit to help alleviate the school’s budget crunch.

Eleanor Casebier gave the school $800,000 in honor of her sister. She left no directions on spending it, triggering a regent policy that only income generated from the gift can be spent.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank asked the regents for permission to spend the principal as her office sees fit. She wrote to the regents last month saying the money will help the school face “financially challenging times.”

Republican lawmakers have frozen tuition rates and cut $250 million from the system. UW-Madison’s share of the cut during the last fiscal year was $53 million.

The regents finance committee gave Blank the go-ahead during a meeting Thursday at UW-Milwaukee. The full board is expected to sign off on Friday.

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1:09 p.m.

A University of Wisconsin System regent committee has approved raising prospective students’ application fees.

System officials proposed raising UW-Madison’s undergraduate application fee from $50 to $60. They say the additional $10 will help cover the cost of using the Common Application, which allows students to complete a single application for multiple universities.

Application fees for UW-Madison graduate students would go from $56 to $75 and for the law, medical, veterinary and pharmacy schools application fees would increase between $16 and $19.

The proposal also calls for raising the other UW schools’ fees from $44 to $50. System officials say the additional money will cover rising processing costs.

The regents’ finance committee approved the plan unanimously Thursday during a meeting at UW-Milwaukee, setting up a full board vote on Friday.

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