Government Relations

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

Pending Legislation

AB 387

Expansion of nursing loan program

Full Description

(Hundertmark) Expands the nursing student loan program to include nurse educators.

Referred to Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee.

UW System Position

SUPPORT: While we support the inclusion of master's degree nurses and nurse educators in this program, we are concerned that the amount of funding appropriated ($450,000) for existing program will not address the shortage of nurses and nurse educators.

The current program serves 242 nursing students from all sectors and provides an average award of $1,568.

Expanding the program further, without additional funding, would further erode the amount of money available for each student and diminish the attractiveness of the program.