Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2013-2014 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 260

Talent Incentive Program Grants

Full Description

Under current law, the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) awards Talent Incentive Program (TIP) grants to uniquely needy students enrolled at public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education in the state. Currently, HEAB may not award a TIP grant to the same student for more than 10 consecutive semesters. In addition, under both state statutes (§39.435(2), Wis. Stats.) and administrative rules promulgated by HEAB, a student must maintain continuous enrollment to remain eligible for a talent incentive grant. This bill provides that a student need not maintain continuous enrollment to remain eligible for a TIP grant. Under the bill, HEAB may award a TIP grant to the same student for up to 10 semesters, whether or not consecutive, but may not award a grant to the same student more than six years after the initial grant is awarded to that student

UW System Position

SUPPORT: AB 260 is similar to 2011 AB 142, which was based uponrecommendations from the Joint Legislative Council Special Committee on Review of Higher Education Financial Aid Programs, a bi-partisan committee of higher education leaders that included UW financial aid experts. That bill was passed unanimously by the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities on a 10-0 vote but failed to advance further before the legislative session adjourned.

Like the previous bill, AB 260 maintains eligibility for student recipients of Talent Incentive Program (TIP) grants who may have to stop-out and re-enroll.

While it is a relatively small change to the program, it is essential to those students who for some reason, such as a health concern or a family crisis, may have to change their educational plans.

This bill provides that, so long as they continue to meet financial and other qualifications, students will remain eligible to receive grants for up to 10 semesters during a six-year period.

The UW Board of Regents supports this legislation. It is consistent with previous efforts to reduce barriers to college, improve affordability, and modernize financial aid programs.