(Madison, Wisconsin) – The Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board has announced that the Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity Program provision included in the state budget, co-authored by State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), has been agreed to by the state of Minnesota. This provision will preserve the tuition reciprocity agreement between the two states and ensure continued access to resident tuition rates for those students accepted into the program.
“This agreement protects Wisconsin students who are attending college in Minnesota from having to pay out-of-state tuition rates that are up to nearly two and a half times higher than resident tuition rates,” says Harsdorf.
Current students and those first enrolling in the 2011-12 academic year participating in the reciprocity program will continue to follow the provisions of the previous agreement. Starting in the 2012-13 academic year, Wisconsin students enrolling at a Minnesota school will pay the resident tuition rate of the Minnesota school that they attend.
“Over 10,000 Wisconsin students take advantage of this program every year,” says Harsdorf. “It is important that we keep our state’s commitment to those students currently participating in the reciprocity agreement while ensuring that the tuition reciprocity agreement continues to provide additional options for Wisconsin students.”
For more information on the Wisconsin-Minnesota tuition reciprocity agreement, contact Senator Harsdorf’s office at 1-800-862-1092.