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Special Committee on Review of Higher Education Financial Aid Programs

Chair: Rep. Joan Ballweg, Chair
Vice Chair: Sen. Fred A. Risser
Legislative Council Staff:  Anna Henning, Dan Schmidt and Scott Grosz
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The Special Committee is directed to review current laws relating to financial aid for higher education in order to improve student access to higher education, maximize utilization of higher education resources, and retain qualified graduates in Wisconsin. Policies for review may include: (a) the Wisconsin Covenant; (b) loan forgiveness programs; (c) Wisconsin/Minnesota tuition reciprocity; (d) academic excellence scholarships; and (e) need-based grants and loans.

Legislation Enacted
Report to the Legislature
  • Report to the Legislature 2011-03, Special Committee on Review of Higher Education Financial Aid Programs (May 20, 2011).
  • 2011 Assembly Bill 141, relating to the Minnesota-Wisconsin student reciprocity agreement, the Wisconsin higher education grant program, and making an appropriation.
  • 2011 Assembly Bill 142, relating to enrollment requirements for recipients of talent incentive grants.
  • 2011 Assembly Bill 143, relating to the Wisconsin higher education grant program, tuition grant program, Lawton minority undergraduate grant program, minority undergraduate retention grant program, and making appropriations.
  • 2011 Assembly Bill 144, relating to creating a commission on financial aid consolidation and modernization.
Results of the May 4, 2011 Joint Legislative Council Meeting
Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council (May 4, 2011)
  • Memo to Members of the Special Committee, Council Consideration of Committee Report (April 27, 2011).
  • Proposed Report 2011-03, Special Committee on Review of Higher Education Financial Aid Programs (February 18, 2010).
  • WLC: 0052/2, relating to the Minnesota-Wisconsin student reciprocity agreement, the Wisconsin higher education grant, and making an appropriation.
  • WLC: 0064/2, relating to enrollment requirements for recipients of talent incentive program grants.
  • WLC: 0065/3, relating to the Wisconsin higher education grant program, tuition grant program, Lawton minority undergraduate grant program, minority undergraduate retention grant program, and making appropriations.
  • WLC: 0076/2, relating to creating a commission on financial aid consolidation and modernization.
 
Results of the January 10 and 18, 2011 Mail Ballots
  • Results of the January 10 and 18, 2011 Mail Ballots (February 7, 2011).
 
January 18, 2011 Mail Ballot
  • WLC: 0065/3, relating to the Wisconsin higher education grant program, tuition grant program, Lawton minority undergraduate grant program, minority undergraduate retention grant program, and making appropriations.
 
January 10, 2011 Mail Ballot
  • WLC: 0052/2, relating to the Minnesota-Wisconsin student reciprocity agreement, the Wisconsin higher education grant, and making an appropriation.
  • WLC: 0064/2, relating to enrollment requirements for recipients of talent incentive program grants.
  • WLC: 0065/2, relating to the Wisconsin higher education grant program, tuition grant program, Lawton minority undergraduate grant program, minority undergraduate retention grant program, and making appropriations.
  • WLC: 0076/2, relating to creating a commission on financial aid consolidation and modernization.
 
December 21, 2010
  • Memo No. 3, Proposal for the Repeal of Certain Financial Aid Programs and Reallocation of Funding to Certain Specified Remaining Programs (December 10, 2010).
  • WLC: 0052/1, relating to the Minnesota-Wisconsin student reciprocity agreement, the Wisconsin higher education grant, and making an appropriation.
  • WLC: 0053/1, relating to the Wisconsin academic excellence scholarship program and the Wisconsin higher education grant, and making appropriations.
  • WLC: 0057/1, relating to the Wisconsin academic excellence scholarship program and the Wisconsin higher education grant, and making an appropriation.
  • WLC: 0064/1, relating to enrollment requirements for recipients of talent incentive program grants.
  • WLC: 0065/1, relating to the Wisconsin higher education grant program, tuition grant program, Lawton minority undergraduate grant program, minority undergraduate retention grant program, and making appropriations.
  • WLC: 0076/1, relating to creating a commission on financial aid consolidation and modernization.
  • Draft letter to the Co-Chairs-Elect of the Joint Committee on Finance (December 13, 2010).
  • Presentation, The Impact of Need-Based Financial Aid On Low-Income College Students (December 21, 2010).
November 9, 2010
  • Memo No. 2, Options for Legislation (November 1, 2010).
  • Article, Financial Incentives for Return of Service in Underserved Areas: a Systematic Review, distributed at the request of Public Member Sara Goldrick-Rab.
  • Handout, Wisconsin Prosperity Strategy (10th Draft), distributed at the request of Public Member Rolf Wegenke.
  • Board Report #11-01, HEAB Task Force Examining the Distribution of Funds for the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant and Wisconsin Tuition Grant distributed at the request of Connie Hutchison, Executive Secretary, Higher Educational Aids Board.
  • State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board Meeting Minutes October 25, 2010 distributed at the request of Connie Hutchison, Executive Secretary, Higher Educational Aids Board.
  • Higher Educational Aids Board Biennial Budget Summary Review of 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Request distributed at the request of Connie Hutchison, Executive Secretary, Higher Educational Aids Board.
  • Memorandum, Potential Cost Savings of Three-Year Degree Program, from Emily Pope, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Bureau (November 5, 2010).
  • Memorandum, Payments Received Through HEAB-Administered Education Loan Programs, from Emily Pope, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Bureau (November 5, 2010).
  • Memorandum, 2009-10 Expenditures for State-Funded Student Financial Aid Programs, from Emily Pope, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Bureau (November 5, 2010).
October 7, 2010 (Public Hearing)
  • Presentation, Raising Awareness, Promoting College Access in Wisconsin, by Amy Kerwin, Chief Guaranty Officer, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
    • Handout, College Access Advising Support Services, Helping Wisconsin Students, distributed by Amy Kerwin, Chief Guaranty Officer, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
    • Handout, Investing in the Success of Wisconsin's Students, distributed by Amy Kerwin, Chief Guaranty Officer, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
    • Handout, Wisconsin College Access Challenge Grant, distributed by Amy Kerwin, Chief Guaranty Officer, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
    • Handout, Wisconsin Access Challenge Grant, 2009-2010 Annual Report, distributed by Amy Kerwin, Chief Guaranty Officer, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
  • Chapter 36, Wisconsin Statutes.
  • Chapter 39, Wisconsin Statutes.
  • Chapter HEA 1, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter HEA 2, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter HEA 4, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter HEA 5, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter HEA 6, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter HEA 9, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter HEA 11, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter HEA 12, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter HEA 13, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter HEA 14, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Chapter Comm 122, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
  • Memorandum, State-Funded Student Financial Aid Programs, from Emily Pope, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Bureau (October 5, 2010).
  • Memorandum, State Veterans' Education Programs, from Emily Pope, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Bureau (October 5, 2010).
  • Presentation, Wisconsin's Health Professions Loan Assistance Program, by John Eich, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (October 7, 2010).
  • Testimony of Dr. Sheila Stover, Director of Rural Outreach Programs, Marquette University School of Dentistry (October 7, 2010).
  • Testimony of Mara Brooks, Wisconsin Dental Association (October 7, 2010).
  • Presentation, The Role of School Counselors, by Kevin Formolo, NBCT, School Counselor, South High School, Sheboygan (October 8, 2010).
  • Presentation, by Jane Hojan-Clark, Executive Director, Department of Financial Aid, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (October 7, 2010).
August 17, 2010
  • Memo No. 1, Wisconsin Statutes Relating to Financial Aid for Higher Education (August 3, 2010).
  • Presentation, State Financial Aids Programs, by Connie Hutchison, Higher Educational Aids Board (August 17, 2010).
  • Presentation by Kevin Reilly and Kristofer Frederick, UW System Administration (August 17, 2010).
  • Presentation, Making Financial Aid Count, by Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin-Madison (August 17, 2010).
  • Presentation, Financial Aid:  A Student's Perspective, by Maria Flores, Higher Educational Aids Board.
  • Presentation, Understanding the Financial Aid Needs of WTCS Students, by Dan Clancy and Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System.
    • Testimony by Daniel Clancy, and Morna Foy, WTCS (August 17, 2010).
  • Presentation by Dr. Rolf Wegenke, President, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (August 17, 2010.)
  • Testimony of Shannon Loredo, Director, Office of the Wisconsin Covenant (August 17, 2010).
  • Handout, Order of the Department of Administration Creating Rules, by Shannon Loredo, Director, Office of the Wisconsin Convenant.
  • Presentation, An Overview of Student Financial Aid, by Emily Pope, Legislative Fiscal Bureau (August 17, 2010).
  • Presentation, Trends in State Financial Aid and Trends Impacting State Financial Aid, by Noel Radomski, Director and Associate Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison (August 17, 2010).