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      UW regents approve financial aid request

      The offices of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents are in Van Hise Hall on the UW-Madison campus. (UW-Madison photo/Michael Forster Rothbart)
      The offices of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents are in Van Hise Hall on the UW-Madison campus. (UW-Madison photo/Michael Forster Rothbart)
      MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin System regents are looking to bolster a student financial aid program.The regents approved a request asking the state's Higher Educational Aids Board to ask legislators for an additional $14.9 million for the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant Program as they craft the 2015-17 state budget.System officials say the money would eliminate a 3,581-student waiting list for the grants and raise the average award amount from $1,776 to $1,837 in 2016-17.The regents approved the request unanimously.