Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, writes about Bucky's Tuition Promise, an expansion of the school's efforts to ensure that an education at the state's flagship public university is accessible to Wisconsin students and affordable for their families.
Beginning this fall, incoming freshmen and transfer students from Wisconsin households with adjusted gross incomes of $56,000 or less will receive free tuition and segregated fees, Blank wrote in a commentary for the Hudson Star-Observer. For freshmen, that is a commitment of eight consecutive semesters tuition free, and for transfer students it's up to four semesters free.
"We're doing this because we know many low- and middle-income families in Wisconsin are simply uncertain whether they can afford to send their child to UW-Madison," the chancellor wrote. "We don't want even one Wisconsin high school student to automatically rule us out for financial reasons. Our goal is to ensure that anyone who is admitted can afford to be a Badger."