UW-Madison offers returning students $5,000 to live off-campus

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) – Record freshman enrollment at UW-Madison presents a double-edged sword – renewed interest in earning a degree, but a real problem figuring out where to place all those students .

The school has enough dormitories for about 9,000 people.

There were nearly 8,000 new freshmen this year alone. The housing office has been creative.

They have transformed double rooms into triple rooms and converted living rooms into bedrooms as well.

But when that wasn’t enough, they offered the returning students several offers, including $5,000 to drop out of the dorms.

“I liken it to a plane flight that’s been overbooked, where you have to see who’s willing to take a different option and who has to stay with the option they’ve chosen,” said Brendon Dybdahl, chief marketing officer. and Communications, UW Housing. “And so, we offered some incentives to our students if they could live off-campus.”

Two hundred students took either the $5,000 meal plan or the free meal plan and 76 students took the free apartment option.

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