2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
May 14, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Petrowski, Carpenter, Roth,
Cowles, Harsdorf, Lassa, Wirch and Ringhand, cosponsored by
Representatives Skowronski, Billings, Petryk, Ballweg, Berceau,
Brandtjen, Brostoff, Goyke, Hesselbein, Jacque, Kolste, Kremer, Milroy,
Murphy, Novak, Pope, Riemer, Rohrkaste, Sinicki, Spiros, Spreitzer, Subeck
and Weatherston. Referred to Committee on Transportation and Veterans
1An Act to amend
38.24 (3) (a); and to create
38.24 (3m) of the statutes;
2to: charging resident fees to nonresident veterans and their family members
3attending technical colleges.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Technical College System (TCS) Board establishes
program fees that the technical college districts must charge students. With
exceptions, the fees for nonresidents are 150 percent of the fees for residents. The
TCS Board must establish procedures to determine the residence of students
attending technical colleges, but statutes specify that certain students must be
considered residents of this state, including veterans verified by the Department of
Veterans Affairs (DVA) as being residents for purposes of receiving specified benefits.
Current law also provides for full fee remission at technical colleges for certain
resident veterans and qualifying family members under certain circumstances.
This bill requires technical college districts to charge resident fees to: 1) a
veteran living in this state, regardless of whether the veteran is a resident, if the
veteran was discharged or released from at least 90 days of active service within the
three years before the date of enrollment in the technical college; and 2) the veteran's
spouse or child, living in this state, who is eligible for certain federal benefits by
virtue of his or her relationship to the veteran. After a veteran or qualifying spouse
or child is enrolled at a technical college, the technical college district must continue
to charge resident fees for as long as the veteran or spouse or child is continuously
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
38.24 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) For Except as provided in sub. (3m), for
all students who are not 3
residents of this state, nor subject to reciprocal agreements with the board, annually 4
the board shall establish a fee based on 150 percent of program fees established 5
under sub. (1m) (a) and (b).
38.24 (3m) of the statutes is created to read:
38.24 (3m) Nonresident fee exemption for veterans and their spouses and
(a) In this subsection, "covered individual" has the meaning given in 38
(b) The district boards shall charge covered individuals living in this state the 11
fees established under sub. (1m) (a) and (b).
(c) After a covered individual living in this state is enrolled at a technical college 13
and is charged fees in accordance with par. (b), fees established in accordance with 14
this subsection, rather than sub. (3) (a), shall continue to be charged to the covered 15
individual for as long as the covered individual is continuously enrolled at the 16
(d) This subsection does not affect any other fee exemption or fee remission for 18
which a covered individual may be eligible under this section.
(1) This act first applies to students enrolled for the first semester or session 2
beginning after the effective date of this subsection.