The future of the University of Wisconsin–Madison is dependent upon strong support from the state and federal governments. In the spring of 2021, the state of Wisconsin will pass its biennial budget. Learn more about the UW System budget request and key UW–Madison priorities.

UW System 2021–23 Budget Request

The UW System Board of Regents’ biennial operating budget request for 2021–23 seeks a state funding increase of 3.5 percent in each of the next two years, providing an additional $95.7 million for a number of key initiatives.

The 2021–23 UW System capital budget request includes bonding for two key UW–Madison projects: the replacement of the academic buildings for the College of Engineering and the College of Letters & Science.

Reach out to Wisconsin’s elected officials and urge their support for UW–Madison in the next state budget.

Let our leaders know you support research at the University of Wisconsin!

As the world wrestles with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, attention has quickly focused on finding solutions.

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Wisconsin Policy

A critical moment for the State of Wisconsin and its flagship university

The state of Wisconsin and its flagship university have long worked together to improve life for all Wisconsinites. But facing declining state funds and rising educational costs, UW–Madison is at a crossroads. For the future students across this state — and for the future of this state — it’s time to reinvest in the UW.

Let your legislators know you support UW – Madison

Maintaining and strengthening current buildings on campus is crucial to attracting the best and brightest students and faculty to UW-Madison.

Federal Policy

As a public research university, the University of Wisconsin relies heavily on research funding from the federal government. UW needs the ongoing support of the federal government to continue its groundbreaking research.

Contact your member of Congress and urge their support for research funding.

Badgers in Congress

The following members of Congress are also graduates of the University of Wisconsin. These members are proof that UW’s reach is far and wide, as well as unmatched in the state of Wisconsin. We thank them for being ambassadors of the Wisconsin Idea. Read More >>


Take Action: Expand Engineering Education in Wisconsin

UW–Madison’s top-ranked College of Engineering is the second largest school/college on campus. Its 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students are the future engineering leaders of Wisconsin. Nearly 1,500 of our students earned their engineering degrees last year.
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Engineering and Letters and Sciences building projects are Capital Budget priorities in 2021

To meet the growing demand to graduate students with the skills for today’s job market, UW-Madison is strategically investing in building projects on campus.
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Impact of economic crisis on UW-Madison funding

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting UW System and UW-Madison budgets.
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Take Action: Let our leaders know you support research at the University of Wisconsin!

As the world wrestles with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, attention has quickly focused on finding solutions to contain the spread of the virus, treat patients, and develop vaccines to protect against infection. Government, health care, and business leaders
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