Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 27

Tuition gift Certificates

Full Description

(Gottlieb) Allows the UW System to create a tuition gift certificate for purchase.

Referred to Colleges and Universities Committee.

UW System Position

SUPPORT: Costs of administrating this program can be absorbed by a Regent-set administrative fee. The UW System Board of Regents encourages contributions and savings for college. Contributions can already be made directly to an institution for part of a tuition bill by friends and family members of a student to avoid all administrative expenses. At a time when the Legislative Audit Bureau is calling attention to the number of UW employees with administrative responsibilities, regardless of the source of funds, the Legislature must consider if it is a priority for government to be engaged in this administrative process. No dollars have been appropriated to advertise the gift certificate program so it is unclear how many will be aware of the opportunity to contribute to a student's education in this manner.