Regents president David Walsh tells members of an Assembly committee that if more nonresident students enroll, the tuition they'll pay will help overall quality and enroll more state students.
A plan approved earlier this month by the regents would cut nonresident tuition by two-thousand dollars at all UW campuses except Madison. Nonresident students would still pay about three times as much as Wisconsin residents.
Some lawmakers on the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee question the break for nonresident students at a time when tuition for Wisconsin residents has skyrocketed.
Legislators are also concerned more out-state students will take spots away from Wisconsin residents.
The number of nonresident student has dropped by about 900 in the last five years.
Tuition and fees at UW Madison is about $6,200 for residents and about 21,000 for nonresidents.