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39.435

39.435 Wisconsin higher education grants and talent incentive grants.

39.435(1)

(1) There is established, to be administered by the board, a higher education grant program for postsecondary resident students enrolled at least half-time and registered as freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in accredited institutions of higher education or in tribally controlled colleges in this state. Except as authorized under sub. (5), such grants shall be made only to students enrolled in nonprofit public institutions or tribally controlled colleges in this state.

39.435(2)

(2) The board shall award talent incentive grants to uniquely needy students enrolled at least half-time as first-time freshmen at public and private nonprofit institutions located in this state and to sophomores, juniors and seniors who received such grants as freshmen. No grant under this subsection may exceed $1,800 for any academic year. The board may not award a grant to the same student for more than 10 consecutive semesters or their equivalent. The board shall promulgate rules establishing eligibility criteria for grants under this subsection.

39.435(3)

(3) Grants under sub. (1) shall not be less than $250 during any one academic year, unless the joint committee on finance approves an adjustment in the amount of the minimum grant. Grants under sub. (1) shall not exceed $3,000 during any one academic year, except that beginning in academic year 2009-10, grants under sub. (1) shall not exceed $3,150 during any one academic year. The board shall, by rule, establish a reporting system to periodically provide student economic data and shall promulgate other rules the board deems necessary to assure uniform administration of the program.

39.435(4)

(4)

39.435(4)(a)

(a) The board shall award grants under this section based on a formula that accounts for expected parental and student contributions and is consistent with generally accepted definitions and nationally approved needs analysis methodology.

39.435(4)(d)

(d) The awarding of grants under this section is subject to any formula approved or modified by the board under s. 39.285 (1).

39.435(5)

(5) The board shall ensure that grants under this section are made available to students attending private or public institutions in this state who are deaf or hard of hearing or visually handicapped and who demonstrate need. Grants may also be made available to such handicapped students attending private or public institutions in other states under criteria established by the board. In determining the financial need of these students special consideration shall be given to their unique and unusual costs.

39.435(6)

(6) The board may not make a grant under this section to a person whose name appears on the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), unless the person provides to the board a payment agreement that has been approved by the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) and that is consistent with rules promulgated under s. 49.858 (2) (a).

39.435(7)

(7)

39.435(7)(a)

(a) In this subsection:

39.435(7)(a)1.

1. For purposes of calculating the amount to be appropriated under s. 20.235 (1) (fe) for fiscal year 2011-12, “base amount” means the amount shown in the schedule under s. 20.005 for that appropriation for fiscal year 2010-11.

39.435(7)(a)2.

2. For purposes of calculating the amount to be appropriated under s. 20.235 (1) (fe) for each fiscal year after fiscal year 2011-12, “base amount” means the appropriation amount calculated under par. (b) for the previous fiscal year.

39.435(7)(b)

(b) Biennially, beginning on February 1, 2011, the board shall calculate the amounts to be appropriated under s. 20.235 (1) (fe) for the next biennium as follows:

39.435(7)(b)1.

1. The board shall determine the percentage by which the undergraduate academic fees that will be charged for the next academic year at each institution within the University of Wisconsin System, as estimated by the board, will increase or decrease from the undergraduate academic fees charged for the current academic year.

39.435(7)(b)1m.

1m. The board shall determine the percentage by which the undergraduate academic fees that will be charged for the academic year after the next academic year at each institution within the University of Wisconsin System, as estimated by the board, will increase or decrease from the estimated undergraduate academic fees that will be charged for the next academic year.

39.435(7)(b)2.

2. The appropriation for the first fiscal year of the next biennium shall be the result obtained by increasing, to the nearest $100, the base amount by the average of the percentage increases determined under subd. 1., except that, if the undergraduate academic fees for the next academic year are estimated to decrease or not change from the undergraduate academic fees charged for the current academic year at each institution specified in subd. 1., the appropriation shall be the base amount.

39.435(7)(b)2m.

2m. The appropriation for the 2nd fiscal year of the next biennium shall be the result obtained by increasing, to the nearest $100, the base amount by the average of the percentage increases determined under subd. 1m., except that, if the undergraduate academic fees for the academic year after the next academic year are estimated to decrease or not change from the estimated undergraduate academic fees charged for the next academic year at each institution specified in subd. 1m., the appropriation shall be the base amount.

39.435(8)

(8) The board shall award grants under this section to University of Wisconsin System students from the appropriation under s. 20.235 (1) (fe).

39.435 – ANNOT.

History: 1973 c. 90; 1973 c. 335 s. 13; 1975 c. 39, 189, 224; 1977 c. 26 s. 75; 1979 c. 34; 1983 a. 27 ss. 926d to 926t, 2202 (22); 1985 a. 332 s. 251 (1); 1987 a. 27; 1989 a. 31; 1993 a. 399; 1995 a. 27, 404; 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9, 185; 2001 a. 109; 2003 a. 33; 2005 a. 25, 367; 2007 a. 20; 2009 a. 28, 182.

39.435 – ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also ch. HEA 5, Wis. adm. code.