Decision

Tuition rates and how they are assessed will not change for 2018-19. This tuition guidance applies to tuition assessed for the 2019-20 academic year. Tuition maybe assessed by degree/program.

Protecting access to the Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree pathway is the guiding principle of this decision. Students not enrolled in a specific degree program and taking individual courses may be assessed based on the degree or program of the curriculum they select. Therefore, it is essential that the existing curriculum that comprises the former UW Colleges degree continue to be assessed at the UW Colleges tuition rates. While new courses/programs may be offered at the branch campuses, the tuition assessed for those new programs will depend on the degree or program under which the courses are offered.

This decision allows flexibility in how the plateau is applied across receiving institutions (RI) and branch campuses by leaving the decision whether to treat the campuses as a single or separate institution to the discretion of campus leadership. While each campus will have a 12-18 credit plateau for undergraduate students, the application of the plateau between campuses will be decided by campus leadership.

AAS degree students
  • Existing UW Colleges tuition rates apply to the curriculum affiliated with the AAS degree regardless of whether the student is enrolled full- or part-time.
  • For courses offered at the RI that could be considered part of the AAS curriculum, the RI tuition rate may apply as long as a pathway to AAS degree completion is preserved at the lower tuition rate.
  • The receiving institution’s leadership has the discretion to apply the lower UW Colleges tuition rate for AAS students taking courses outside of the AAS curriculum at the receiving institution if they choose.
Baccalaureate degree students
  • Receiving institution’s tuition rates apply to the curriculum affiliated with the degree regardless of whether the student is enrolled full- or part-time.
  • The receiving institution’s leadership has the discretion to apply the lower UW Colleges tuition rate for baccalaureate students taking courses at the branch campus if they choose.
Other
  • If students are not enrolled in a specific degree program but taking courses individually, the tuition assessed will depend on the curriculum for which the courses are affiliated. If the courses are affiliated with the baccalaureate degree, the RI tuition rates would apply. If the courses are affiliated with the AAS degree, the UW Colleges current tuition would apply. The receiving institution’s leadership has the discretion to apply the lower UW Colleges tuition rate for AAS students taking courses at the receiving institution or baccalaureate students taking courses at the branch campus if they choose.
Online
  • Tuition for UW Colleges online courses and programs will remain the same for 2018-19.
  • Review and analysis for 2019-20 online tuition rates will be accomplished prior to September 1, 2018 (tentative).
System Policy
  • UW System Administration intends to modify System policy 805.6.A.15 to allow for institutions with branch campuses to either implement separate plateaus at both the branch campuses and receiving institution’s campus or maintain the plateau across all campuses as one institution. This exception to the policy (see modified policy language) has been approved by President Cross and will remain in place while System Administration begins an official change analysis.

Background

Receiving institutions need to assess how to best integrate multiple tuition structures from UW Colleges and UW- Extension. Receiving institutions have requested clarity on tuition structures in order to move forward with financial and academic planning. Originally, Decision 21 provided guidance. The decision generated questions around how to assess tuition based on curriculum and confusion on the treatment of the plateau. To further clarify these points of confusion, the decision was reviewed along with perspectives from various stakeholders on tuition assessment. The above amended decision replaces the original guidance to address concerns raised while also preserving the principles of access and affordability.

Next Steps

UW System will modify System policy 805.6.A.15 through the normal policy review process to reflect the above decision and will establish future tuition structure options during the 2018-19 transition year. Vice President of Finance, Sean Nelson, will join regularly scheduled CBO, Controller, Bursar, Registrar, and SIS data conversion team meetings/calls to address any questions around tuition. UW System Administration reserves the right to review tuition assessment in the future for branch campuses as the branch campus structures evolve.