EAU CLAIRE - UW-Eau Claire was given permission today to raise its tuition by a total of 12-hundred dollars over the next four years. The Board of Regents voted 14-to-2 to support what's called the "Blugold Commitment."

Among other things, the plan is aimed at reducing class sizes, increasing financial aid, and getting more students to graduate in four years. Students will pay an extra $300 a year at Eau Claire through the spring of 2014, on top of the statewide tuition increases that get approved each summer. It's expected to raise $13-million a year, and officials hope 40-percent of it can be used for additional financial aid.

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Regents Tom Loftus and Kevin Opgenorth voted against the increase - which is the latest of several at individual campuses over the past year or so. A Regents' committee is considering limits on those campus tuition hikes - but it delayed action on that matter yesterday.