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UW-Madison proposal could mean free tuition for Nicolet University Transfer students

Feb. 6, 2017

Northwoods students graduating from Nicolet College’s University Transfer Liberal Arts program would have the potential to get free tuition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under a program proposed by the state’s flagship university.

University Transfer“If the UW can secure the funding, the Badger Promise would create a tremendous opportunity for Northwoods students who are the first generation in their family to attend college,” said Nicolet President Richard Nelson. “The program would allow these students to complete their bachelor’s degree at a world-class university tuition-free.” 

Nicolet would be the only college in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) north of Madison to offer the program.  

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank proposed the Badger Promise program to the UW Board of Regents Thursday, Feb. 2. Under it, first-generation college students who graduate from Nicolet’s University Transfer Liberal Arts program with at least a 3.2 grade point average would have their tuition paid during their junior year at UW-Madison.

If those students are also eligible for Pell grants, their tuition senior year would be covered as well.

Full-time students at UW-Madison currently pay $10,488 a year in tuition and fees.

“Nicolet has had a long-standing partnership with UW-Madison through current guaranteed transfer programs,” Nelson added. “The proposed Badger Promise program would expand on that partnership and offer significant financial assistance for the final two years of a bachelor’s degree.”

Nelson noted eligible students entering Nicolet directly from high school could take advantage of Nicolet’s Promise program as well. When coupled together, eligible students could earn a four-year college degree tuition-free.

Both Nicolet and the WTCS are committed to assist individuals with the financial means to benefit from advanced training and earn industry-recognized credentials.  Nicolet offers a wide variety of scholarships. Together with the WTCS, the Nicolet strongly supports a state funding increase to eliminate wait lists for WTCS students applying for the Wisconsin Grant, a need-based program administered by the Higher Educational Aids Board.

“The combination of these programs can have a significant impact on an individual’s life and on a community’s economic well-being,” Nelson added.