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Students call hike in tuition a burden

Although the University of Wisconsin System's tuition increase is the smallest in several years, it's still tough for students to manage, student leaders say.

Although the University of Wisconsin System's tuition increase is the smallest in several years, it's still tough for students to manage, student leaders say.

"For all college students any increase in tuition is not good," said Kimberly Store, president of the Student Government Association at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. "As far as tuition increases go, I think it will put a lot of students in financial burden."

The regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition by 5.5 percent at the state's four-year universities. The increase is $251 at UWS.

For Store, attending UWS from Michigan at out-of-state tuition, increases are especially tough. Store will see a tuition increase of $350.

"I know tuition increases are going to happen because of inflation ... but at the same time it's really going to burden some students," she said.

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Tuition for full-time UWS students was about $2,360 per semester for Wisconsin residents and $3,740 for out-of-state students for the 2006-07 school year not including segregated fees, said Charlie Wold, UWS bursar.

The tuition increase is accented by increases in mandatory student fees and room-and-board rates.

The staff of the cashier's office is working to find out what the increases mean for UWS students, he said.

Tuition increases are always hard for students, but the regents are in a hard place as well, said Stefan Fletcher, Student Government Association president at UWS.

The regents needed to consider tuition increases in the face of a state budget that has yet to be decided and needed increases in faculty and staff salaries, he said.

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