President of the UW system at La Crosse, promoting a tuition-free college program – WIZM 92.3FM 1410AM

The UW system president was in La Crosse on Tuesday to promote a tuition-free program for students from low-income families.

Several thousand students attending University of Wisconsin campuses will be eligible for what is called the Wisconsin Tuition Promise, which will begin in one year at all 12 campuses, including UW-La Crosse.

The program would allow students from low-income families to waive most of their tuition for up to four years on a campus in the UW system. To qualify, a student must come from a household with an annual income of less than $62,000.

UW System President Jay Rothman (center) speaks Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, at UW-La Crosse about the new Wisconsin Tuition Promise program. Rothman is flanked by UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow (left) and UW-Platteville Chancellor Tammy Evetovich. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow said in a campus press conference with Rothman on Tuesday that he wants to see La Crosse get such a program, after it started on main campus. of Madison.

“They did that a few years ago,” Gow said, “and we were, frankly, a little envious because we wish we could do that kind of thing. And then President Rothman joined the UW system and got said, “Hey, really, let’s make this happen for all students in the UW system.”

Rothman said the cost for the first year will be around $13 million, but he ultimately hopes to pay more than $30 million a year in student expenses.

“Our key state industries,” Rothman said, “whether it’s agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, or technology, to name a few, have absolutely need more graduates from our universities within the system.”

Rothman added that Tuition Promise will be an investment in the “war for talent,” trying to keep students in Badger State to build their careers.

Along with Rothman and Gow, UW-Platteville Chancellor Tammy Evetovich was at the press conference.

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