Rising costs shatter New Jersey student’s dream to attend UW

In a column in Time magazine, a New Jersey mother laments the fact that her son will not be able to attend the University of Wisconsin because the university has hiked out-of-state tuition to the point that it is unaffordable to an average family and student aid is virtually non-existent. She writes:

“Out-of-state tuition, room, board, and fees for Wisconsin run more than $48,000 this year. Even with the money I’d saved in his 529 fund, there is no way I can afford to send him there, particularly on top of the cost of my elder son’s education. Their father and I are journalists, not hedge fund managers.

“I wrote to a few people in the financial aid office at Wisconsin. They wrote back immediately, running the numbers again to be sure. No mistake.”

Read her column in Time’s Money section:

My Son Was Accepted to a College He Can’t Afford. Now What?

In early April, my son Dan arrived home from the University of Wisconsin’s Admitted Students Day holding a Wisconsin windshield sticker-and immediately affixed it to our car above his older brother’s University of North Carolina sticker, with a smile I can only describe as vengeful younger-brother joy.

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Rising costs shatter New Jersey student’s dream to attend UW

“I wrote to a few people in the financial aid office at Wisconsin. They wrote back immediately, running the numbers again to be sure. No mistake.”