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Scott Walker’s Record on Higher Education

Scott Walker’s Approach to Higher Education Has Centered on One Thing - Cuts

While on the campaign trail, Gov. Scott Walker likes to tout his tuition freeze, but what he isn’t telling you is that the freeze came after he had already increased tuition substantially, flatlined financial aid, and significantly cut state support for higher education in the State of Wisconsin.

This has shifted costs to consumers and Wisconsin families, increasing student loan debt and decreasing the affordability of higher education, all while refusing to support a plan that would allow Wisconsin students to refinance their student loan debt like you can a mortgage.

Scott Walker’s approach to higher education has centered on one thing – cuts. In his first budget, he cut hundreds of millions from the UW System and technical colleges, while approving a 5.5% per year tuition increase at UW campuses. His most recent budget proposed an additional $300 million in cuts for the UW System. His budgets have also flatlined financial aid for students, forcing students to borrow more to pay for the increased tuition under his administration.

Students, borrowers and their families are increasingly being squeezed by a system in which dramatic cuts to the university and technical colleges, skyrocketing tuition and profiteering by big banks and the federal... []

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Right-wing finger-pointing over reports of University of Wisconsin System surpluses is distracting from the real crisis, the trillion dollar plus student loan debt crisis. []

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