Working through a public university in four years with only a minimum-wage summer job and part-time work study is nearly impossible without family or need-based financial aid.
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says tuition at four-year University of Wisconsin campuses has risen above the rate of inflation since 1987. Meanwhile state support has been below inflation since 1980.
That leaves students with a difficult choice -- work endless hours or graduate deep in debt.
Amber Banike just finished her sophomore year at UW-Parkside. Her tuition is covered by need-based financial aid she pays her own living and book expenses. She says she's either at work or school and she never has time to do homework.
UW System executive Mark Nook says students shouldn't work more than 20 hours per week.