More financial aid grants are proposed for Wisconsin college students. It's a proposal from Madison Democrats, Representative Spencer Black, and Representative Joe Parisi: providing that any increase in tuition at UW or technical college campuses be matched dollar for dollar by increases in financial aid.
Parisi and Black introduced similar legislation in the last session of the legislature. That bill went nowhere, but Governor Jim Doyle included the idea in his version of the state budget, and while it didn't make it into the final product, Parisi maintains the idea will complement the Wisconsin Covenant. The money would come in the form of grants, not loans. In-state tuition in the UW System has increased by 126% in the past ten years.