UW regents approve student fee, room-and-board increases

July 12, 2019

MADISON The University of Wisconsin System regents have voted to increase student fees and room-and-board costs for the upcoming school year.

The regents approved the increases unanimously as part of the system's 2019-20 operational budget Thursday. Under the plan, student fees will increase an average of $36 across the system.

UW-Madison students will face a $170 increase, the largest of any four-year school, bringing their annual fees to $1,452. Debt service on a new recreational center and natatorium is driving the increase.

Drivers at other schools include classroom expansions, new diversity programs, free flu shots and increased security costs at athletic events.

Students at every four-year school except Milwaukee and River Falls will see room-and-board rates go up. Increases will range from $20 at Stout to $258 at Madison.

UW workgroups to improve student mental health services

MADISON University of Wisconsin System officials plan to create workgroups to develop recommendations on how to better serve students with mental health needs.

The system says student visits to campus counseling centers have increased 55% since 2010. According to data from the National College Health Assessment, 23% of system students reported begin diagnosed with or treated for depression in 2015 and 27% reported being diagnosed with or treated for anxiety.

System officials presented the Board of Regents with a plan Thursday that calls for creating three workgroups that will assess student needs and existing on-campus services. The workgroups will begin developing recommendations for improvements early next year and present a formal report by April.

New regents President Drew Petersen has made improving student mental health services one of his top priorities.


Associated Press