Chancellor’s Message to Students
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At a time when our country, state and many families face economic hardship, I want to make sure you’re aware of all the ways your campus, with its emphasis on affordability, can help you continue or complete your college degree.
Tuition Freeze: I have worked hard to freeze the tuition at your campus at 2006 rates, and we are continuing to try to keep that tuition freeze for the fall 2009 semester. If we’re successful, tuition at your campus would remain the lowest in the UW System.
Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, have increased for 2009-10 to a maximum of $5,350 per year, per student.
Wisconsin Higher Education Grants, which do not have to be repaid, have increased for 2009-10 to a maximum of $3,280 per year, per student.
Wisconsin Scholars Grants, which do not have to be repaid, will be given to some UW Colleges students in 2009-10.
Dislocated worker benefits mean that additional assistance may be available for students who have been directly impacted by a job loss for either themselves or their parents.
And, of course, your campus can also help you identify other means of financial aid.
As some of you know, I grew up in a household of extremely limited means in the South and was the first in my family to complete college. I am well aware of the barriers that individuals and families face in obtaining a college education. However, education can transform a person’s life, and I would encourage you to keep your eyes on the prize of a college education with its rewards. An education is something that no one can ever take away from you, and the benefits last a lifetime.
Registration for the fall 2009 semester has just started and is ongoing. If you’re not transferring to another campus to complete your bachelor’s degree, I would encourage you to work with your advisor and financial aid counselor, register for fall classes, and continue your college education.
When our economy recovers, you want to be prepared with your college education to be a full participant.