UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session
Half-price tuition for eligible veterans
(Loeffelholz) Requires the UW System and each technical college district board to grant to any Wisconsin veterans a remission equal to 50 percent of the costs of tuition and fees at any UW institution or technical college for 128 credits or eight semesters, whichever is longer.
Referred to: Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs.
UW System Position
AMEND: UW System students should not bear the burden of new unfunded state mandates.
It has been a long standing tradition of American society that all citizens should bear the financial obligation of veterans benefits because all citizens gain by their sacrifice.
The bill should include a GPR appropriation to the UW System to replace the $7.6 million in lost tuition revenue. All the citizens of the state should support the dependents of veterans. If the bill does not have a GPR appropriation, the students of the UW System will solely shoulder the costs of educating the eligible veterans.