The Student Government Association announced Nov. 13 that students approved differential tuition at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point by a 24 percent margin during the week’s referendum.
The proposal passed by 804 votes, with 2,056 students voting in favor and 1,252 against. This makes the referendum the largest student turnout in the past 10 years, said SGA President Katie Cronmiller.
A total of 3,357 students responded to the online voting system, and 3,308 recorded a vote, marking a turnout of about 35 percent. The next highest turnout was in spring 2014 for the construction of a health and wellness building, which garnered a 16 percent turnout.
The next step, Cronmiller said, is to report the referendum results to the UW System Board of Regents. The board will make the final decision on whether differential tuition will become a reality at the university.
Although the board can decide to vote on the proposal any time, SGA will be pushing the board to make a decision as soon as possible.
“We will be doing everything we can to get it on the December agenda,” Cronmiller said.
Regardless of the board’s decision, the vote is something all students should celebrate, Cronmiller said.
“I’m just really proud of our student body for turning out in the way that they did,” she said.