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Bill proposes paying graduates to stay in-state

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A new bill headed to Madison hopes to keep Wisconsin college graduates that came from out of state, here in the Badger State, living and working.

The bill, drafted by Republican Representative Dave Murphy from Greenville, would offer those students a multi-thousand dollar cash incentive.

“Some people may look this as a handout, but I look at this as somebody who has paid in a really high level of tuition to our university and has now decided to stay here. So I think allowing them to earn some of that back is a reasonable way to go,” says Rep. Murphy.

The incentive amount would vary from campus to campus and isn’t applicable to private universities.

Graduates would essentially earn back money as they work in Wisconsin. The amount of money they would earn is based on the difference each school’s in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition.

Over the course of five years, following a two-year grace period, the graduate turned resident worker would receive an annual grant, each worth 10% of the aforementioned tuition difference.

For out-of-state UW-La Crosse graduates, that grant would be $882 annually for five years.

The UW System reports that for the 2017-2018 academic year, out-of-state students made up more than 26% of their overall student body.

Amber Meyer

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