Education Watch: 4-Year College versus 2-Year. Where Should We Invest in Scholarships?

Aug 25, 2022 | Wisconsin Voices Blog

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“The ‘Wisconsin Tuition Promise’ program will be open to full-time, in-state students whose family income is below $62,000… Officials said they will go forward with it whether or not they get state money specifically for it in the 2023-25 budget.”

Milwaukee Area Technical College

“Milwaukee Area Technical College for the first time this fall will award full-ride scholarships to some students that will cover not only tuition, but other often overlooked college expenses that can derail progress toward a degree, such as housing, food, transportation and child care.” Read more here and here.

Additional context from IRG Senior Research Director Quinton Klabon:

  • The UW System has set aside $12.5 million a year to expand what it already does at UW-Madison: make college tuition-free for low-income students. The problem is that only 17% of UW-Madison low-income students drop out compared to 52% of other UW low-income students. Is UW asking taxpayers to waste $6.25 million a year forever?
  • In contrast, MATC will cover tuition, books, transportation, child care, and meals for tradesmen and tradeswomen at a similar expense.
  • When both request funding in the next state budget, what should we prioritize?