Government Relations

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

Pending Legislation

SB 67

Drug Dealers Ineligible for WHEG

Full Description

(Hahn/Leibham) This bill makes a college student who is convicted of possessing, with intent to manufacture, distribute, or deliver, a controlled substance ineligible for a state grant, loan, or work assistance for a period of two years following the conviction.

A college student who is convicted of such a crime following a previous conviction is ineligible for an indefinite period, unless the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program or the conviction is reversed, set aside, or vacated

Refered to: Agriculture and Higher Education

UW System Position

NEUTRAL:  The bill would mirror part of the federal law already implemented by UW System institutions.  Convictions are self-reported on the federal financial aid application (FAFSA).  The UW System will use the same information to evaluate the appropriate state aid under the bill. 

There is some activity in Congress to repeal the federal prohibition.  If this bill becomes law and the self-reported question regarding convictions is removed from the FAFSA, the UW System would request that the state law follow the federal requirement