Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2007-2008 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 252

WHEG Education Grant Increase

Full Description

(Molepske/Erpenbach)  Increases Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board (WHEG) education grants to undergraduates enrolled at least half-time at public higher educational institutions from a maximum of $3,000 per academic year to a maximum grant amount at 50 percent of the highest resident undergraduate academic fees charged to attend an institution with the UW System (Currently UW-Madison at $6,726).

Referred to:  Committee on Colleges and Universities

UW System Position

SUPPORT:  The Board supports the removal of the WHEG cap and this bill to increase the maximum award for the state’s neediest students.

In 2006-07 approximately 7,000 of the 28,857 WHEG recipients received the maximum award.   Should tuition rise next year, the bill would allow these students to at least be eligible to receive an increase to cover any tuition increase, if their family income and assets remain unchanged. According to HEAB’s fiscal note, there is no fiscal impact to the bill.