Updated March 7, 2017
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From the Chancellor
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides a world class education. Together with our students, faculty and partners, we create powerful learning experiences that transform lives and communities and boost the Wisconsin economy.
Public university budgets are multifaceted and complex. It is absolutely critical that we share how we use the investments we receive from students, the state and its taxpayers, and all who support UWM. With this UW-Milwaukee Budget in Brief our goal is to make clear how we manage the valuable resources we have.
UWM is an administratively lean and fiscally responsible public university, even in the face of challenging national trends and budget cuts. We have a responsibility like no other in Wisconsin that goes beyond being good stewards.
We are Wisconsin’s only public urban research university and are distinguished by our access mission, serving the largest urban population in the state. We provide higher educational opportunities in an economical fashion that stresses affordability. Indeed, our dual mission is one of Wisconsin’s greatest assets that just keeps on giving: we have produced 178,000 alumni of whom 76% remain in Wisconsin to live and work, providing our state with highly-skilled, innovative, and critically thinking employees. However, the reality is that our dual mission costs more to educate and graduate students.
After reviewing our Budget in Brief, I hope that you see how fiscally responsible we are and that UWM is one of the best values for the state of Wisconsin in terms of ROI for taxpayers. Now is the me to re-invest in UWM. We will continue to maximize that support by creating talented employees, research and entrepreneurial partnerships that matter, and engagements with community business, education, healthcare, non-profits, arts, and other sectors.
Mark Mone UW-Milwaukee Chancellor
- Revenue Sources
What are the revenue sources of UWM’s budget?
- Changing Landscape
How have UWM’s funding sources changed over the years?
- Tuition and Fees
What does it cost an undergraduate student to attend UWM and how does that compare to UWM’s peers?
- Research Funding
What are sources and amounts of UWM’s research funding?
- Distribution of Research Funds
How is research funding distributed across UWM?
- Gifts and Grants
What are the sources and amounts of UWM’s gifts and non-federal grant funding?
- Auxiliary Funds and Other Revenue
What are the total amounts and distribution of auxiliary funds and other revenue?
- Expenditures by Unit
What are the total expenditures for each UWM division?
- Faculty and Staff
What are the total number and percentage of each employee category at UWM?
- Student Financial Aid
What are the types and total amounts of student financial aid?
- Fund Balance
What is UWM’s tuition carryover ratio; and what are UWM’s expendable assets, in total and compared to peers?
- Administrative Overhead
How does UWM’s administrative costs compare to its peers?
UW–Milwaukee gets revenue from multiple sources for its $667 million “redbook” budget. The university’s mission is supported by state and federal government investments, tuition, research grants, and contributions from friends of the university.
- The largest portion of the university’s published budget, more than $228 million, or 34 percent, is from the federal government. Most of this is student financial aid and supports tuition and fees for student.
- The second‐largest amount ($187 million, or 28 percent) comes from student tuition and fees.
- Revenues from state government totaled $118 million, or 18 percent of the overall budget. State revenue includes general purpose revenue ($75 million), over which the university has some discretion, and specific‐ purpose revenue ($43 million), which goes to predetermined programs.
- Revenues from auxiliary enterprises, such as University Housing and the Student Union, account for $97 million, or 15 percent, of the overall budget. This money is collected and spent entirely within these units and typically cannot be used for other university purposes.
- Revenue from gifts from donors and private grants are 2% ($15 million) of the budget
It is important to note that UWM’s actual operating budget is different than its published budget. $186 million in federal financial aid is included in UWM’s published budget but is passed through to students and eventually a portion is received by UWM in the form of tuition revenues or other receipts. Also, UWM has access to another revenue source ‐ credit online or outreach fees ‐ that is not included in the published budget. With the subtraction of financial aid pass‐through funds, and the addition of credit outreach fees, UWM’s budgeted revenues for operating purposes are $523 million.
Changing Budget Landscape
UWM’s funding sources have shifted over the decades. As the chart below indicates, the amount of support we receive in state funds relative to our overall budget has declined, and the university has become increasingly reliant on private donations, federal dollars, and tuition payments.
The federal funding shown in the chart includes federal financial aid that is passed through to students.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are part of the overall cost of attending UW–Milwaukee. Tuition currently is frozen for in-state undergraduates enrolled at UW System campuses. UW–Milwaukee is consistently ranked one of the nation’s best values among public colleges and universities.
UW–Milwaukee ranked twelfth among peer institutions in 2014-’15 for both in-state resident undergraduate tuition and fees and for non-resident undergraduate students.
|U. of Illinois-Chicago||$14,816||2||$27,672||4|
|U. of Texas-Dallas||$12,162||5||$33,654||1|
|U. of Louisville||$11,068||6||$26,090||9|
|U. of Cincinnati||$11,000||7||$26,334||7|
|U. of Akron||$9,920||9||$18,451||14|
|U. of Missouri-Kansas City||$9,563||11||$23,363||10|
|U. of Toledo||$9,242||14||$18,580||13|
|U. of New Orleans||$7,150||15||$20,967||11|
|Average excluding UW-Milwaukee||$11,164||$24,746|
|UW-Milwaukee distance from average||-$1,671||-$4,905|
UW‐Milwaukee’s research enterprise is the largest among southeastern Wisconsin universities. The research is wide‐ranging and includes fundamental research, business collaboration, and community engagement. The research and resulting skilled workforce stimulate the economy and support entrepreneurship across the state.
- Over the last four years, UWM has spent an average of almost $30 million per year from federal and non‐federal sources for research. Federal research programs are the major sources.
- The largest source of external funding is the National Science Foundation, followed by Health and Human Services.
Distribution of Research Funds
This chart shows how research funding is distributed across the UW–Milwaukee campus.
Faculty and staff across the university—in science, engineering, business, education, social sciences, arts and humanities—compete for research dollars and help grow UWM’s research profile.
This research fuels economic growth and development through the money spent here in the state of Wisconsin to support this research infrastructure.
The research reputation of UW–Milwaukee attracts businesses and generates new start‐up companies.
Gifts and Grants
UW–Milwaukee also receives a significant amount of funding, $25 million in 2015–16, from private gifts, non‐federal grants, private contracts, and licensing fees. These funds are typically earmarked for very specific purposes.
The funds received must be spent on pre-approved projects. They are not allocated for discretionary use.
Both private and public universities across the country increasingly depend upon support from their alumni and friends to help them invest in special programs.
The majority of gift funds at UW–Milwaukee are spent to provide need‐based financial aid to students, to improve facilities, to spur innovation, and to enrich the academic experience.
Auxiliary Funds and Other Revenue
Auxiliary funds are user fees paid for services the university provides to the campus community and general public, such as our residence halls or parking services. UW–Milwaukee budgeted $97 million in auxiliary revenues in 2016–17. These funds typically must be used to support the units where they are collected and cannot be used for other university purposes.
|The university budgeted $18 million in revenue in 2014-’15 from other sources, including certifications provided to the public by the School of Letters and Science and the Business School.|
Fiscal 2014-15 Expenditures by Unit
|Expenditures at UW-Milwaukee reflect our core missions of education, research, and outreach.
Faculty and Staff
At UW–Milwaukee, people are our greatest asset. Accordingly, a large portion of our budget—roughly 50 percent—goes toward compensating the faculty, academic staff, and classified staff who support our education and research missions. In addition to the more than 4,800 members of the faculty and staff, the university also employs over 2,800 undergraduate students.
Though UW–Milwaukee strives to keep higher education affordable, for many students and families, additional help is needed. In 2014‐15, 3 in 4 of UW–Milwaukee undergraduates received some form of financial aid, including student loans.
- Through a combination of federal, state, and gift funding, many students received some financial aid. Although we have less aid available than some peer institutions, we work to be good stewards of limited resources by targeting available funds to students with the greatest need.
- The bottom pie chart shows annual grants, scholarships, loans and other aid for UW-Milwaukee students. Loans include subsidized, unsubsidized, private, state and institutional.
- Private aid is provided by sources other than the federal/state government and UW-Milwaukee funds, including private donors, nonprofits, and service organizations.
Year-End Fund Balances
In response to directives from the State Legislature and UW System Board of Regents, UW–Milwaukee is working hard to manage fund balances with greater transparency. The university’s tuition balance, as calculated by Legislative Audit Bureau methodology, declined from 15 percent in 2014 to 11 percent in 2016.
- All of the tuition fund balance is already fully committed to various university programs. Most of the dollars are designated for commitments that have been made but are not yet paid for, such as start-up costs for new schools of Public Health and Freshwater Sciences and faculty and staff hiring.
- UWM has a very small amount of reserves. Reserves comprise less than 1 percent of annual expenditures and are held as a safeguard against revenue fluctuations caused by enrollment shifts.
UW–Milwaukee’s central administration costs are low compared to its peers.
According to 2015 data, the amount spent on day‐to‐day administrative support as a percentage of total operating expenses at UW–Milwaukee is 15% less than our peer average. These support services include general administrative services, legal and fiscal operations, purchasing and printing, employee personnel and records, and information technology.