Under UW System Administrative Policy 805, Tuition and Fee Policies for Credit Instruction, and UW System Administrative Policy 130, Programming For The Non-Traditional Market In The UW System, UW–Madison has the authority to set per-credit tuition for online/distance degree/major programs and Capstone certificate programs that are substantially supported by tuition revenue. UW–Madison seeks to use this delegated authority to:
Online, graduate degree/major or Capstone certificate programs may choose between available tuition structures:
Note: Starting spring 2020, 131 programs will be expected to use a per-credit tier rate for market-based or online tuition by fall 2021. The practice of using standard graduate tuition will be phased out. Existing programs that charge the standard graduate tuition rates may continue if they are generating a strong investment margin and if almost all students are enrolled at a number of credits below the tuition plateau.
Segregated University Fees – The presumption will be that online programs will not charge segregated fees. Exceptions may be made for programs that will utilize services supported by segregated fees, or that have other reasons to charge segregated fees; market-based tuition may be more appropriate. Proposals include a statement on including or not including segregated fees.