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U threatens to end tuition reciprocity

Most Minnesotans, especially those in college, believe that it is unfair for Minnesota residents to pay more to attend its own state universities than residents who come from Wisconsin. Currently, students from Wisconsin pay $1,200 to $2,700 less than Minnesota students, depending on the U campus; the Wisconsin rate is generally based on what they would pay at a similar campus in their home state.

A senior analyst in the U provost's office claims, "no other state in the country allows students from another state to attend and pay less than their own residents." Problems arose when Wisconsin officials told Minnesota they want to stick with current reciprocity practices after more than three years of talks. U officials believe that Wisconsin residents should at least pay the same as Minnesotans, not less.