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Jessa Lounsbrough: UW System cuts will hurt students

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I’m a middle-class freshman attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse who’s working three jobs to help pay for my education.

Even with these jobs, student loans and some help from my parents, affording tuition is still a struggle. Now Gov. Scott Walker wants to cut $300 million from the UW System budget. I'm disappointed in this proposal because it will negatively affect my university and all UW System students.

In the long run, this proposal won't help Wisconsin because after the tuition freeze, there will be a tuition increase to make up for the cut in state funding. Students already are struggling with the cost of higher education, and with this increase, most won’t be able to afford it.

I want to be able to afford a quality higher education, and I wish the same for future generation of college students. Because the university will be forced to cut teachers, classroom size will increase, making it harder for students to receive a quality education.

Right now, UW System schools are among the best in the nation, but with this cut, future college students might choose other options, including technical or out-of-state schools.

We need to ensure a bright future for our state's higher education and not destroy the quality system we have in Wisconsin.

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