Government Relations

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

Pending Legislation

SB 286

Fee remissions for undergraduate students

Full Description

(Hansen/Soletski) This legislation relates to fee remissions for UW System students who are spouses or children of the following who are killed in the line of duty: ambulance drivers, correctional officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, and law enforcement officers.

Under current law, fee remission for a qualifying student continues until the student completes the number of credits for a bachelor’s degree, not to exceed five consecutive years. Remissions are only granted to a student who was under the age of 21 when the parent was killed.

This legislation repeals the 21 year old age requirement while limiting remissions for students not older than 30 years of age. The legislation amends the law to provide remissions for qualifying students for 128 credits or eight semesters, whichever is longer.

Referred to: Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education

                    

UW System Position

NEUTRAL:  Compared to other tuition remissions mandated by the Legislature, this bill would have a relatively small fiscal impact.  It is the prerogative of the Legislature to decide who receives tuition remission, but without an appropriation, the costs of special tuition remissions result in higher tuition for other students or reduce resources available for existing services.  

With required budget cuts in administrative functions over the last two biennia we ask that consideration be given to include a GPR appropriation to cover costs associated with this new directive.