Wisconsin technical college students will not see a tuition freeze next fall, after Republicans on the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted to reject that proposal from Governor Scott Walker Wednesday. The rejection of essentially came down to Republican legislators not wanting taxpayers to pick up costs the students themselves would otherwise pay. The governor wanted tech college tuition frozen at the current level for the next two school years.
Representative John Nygren of Marinette, Co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, said tech colleges are much more affordable (than UW-System schools), noting the committee did approve an additional $5-million for grants that would go to students in need.
Democrats on the Committee introduced a motion to provide free tuition at Wisconsin tech colleges, but Republicans defeated that measure.