UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session
(Zien) Under current law, tuition remissions are granted for children and surviving spouses of ambulance drivers, correctional officers, emergency medical services technicians, fire fighters, and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. This bill extends this remission to include children and spouses for those covered occupations who develop a permanent work-related disability (qualifying disability) and forced to retire or reduce his/her work assignment and later dies from the qualifying disability.
UW System Position
NEUTRAL: This bill will add only minimally to tuition of other students because very few are expected to qualify. It is the Legislature’s prerogative to decide who receives a tuition remission. However, the cost of additional remissions, which are not need based, should be accompanied by an appropriation. Otherwise the remissions are financed through slightly higher tuition to other students. As worthy as the exception may be, without an appropriation, the costs of special tuition remissions raise tuition for other students.