UW regents erase excess credit surcharge

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System leaders have eliminated a surcharge for most students who accumulate too many credits.

System regents established a policy in 2002 that imposes a surcharge on students who accumulate 165 credits or 30 credits more than required to graduate from their programs. The fee is equal to 100% of resident tuition.

But system officials wrote in a memo to regents that a 2018 study found such surcharges don’t improve graduation outcomes and can saddle students with substantial debt.

The regents voted unanimously Friday to eliminate the surcharge at all campuses except UW-Madison.

Officials at the flagship university feel the surcharge still pushes students to graduate faster.