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LRB-1829/3
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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 24, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Krug, Skowronski, Ballweg,
Bernier, Mursau, Ripp, Tusler, Allen and Spiros, cosponsored by Senators
Feyen, Marklein, Olsen, Darling and Harsdorf. Referred to Committee on
Colleges and Universities.
AB266,1,3 1An Act to amend 39.415 (4) (a), 39.415 (4) (b) and 39.415 (6) (b); and to create
239.415 (4) (bg) of the statutes; relating to: eligibility for the Technical
3Excellence Higher Education Scholarship Program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill makes changes to the eligibility requirements for the Technical
Excellence Higher Education Scholarship Program. Under that program, the
Higher Educational Aids Board awards annual scholarships to certain scholars,
designated on the basis of their level of proficiency in technical education subjects,
who enroll in a technical college district school (school). Upon enrollment, a student
may receive annual scholarships if he or she satisfies the following eligibility
requirements for each academic year. First, the student must be enrolled full time.
Second, the student must make satisfactory progress toward an associate degree,
bachelor's degree, or vocational diploma. Third, the student must maintain at least
a 3.000 grade point average or the equivalent, as determined by the school. A student
is eligible for the scholarships for no more than three years. If a student satisfies the
eligibility requirements for an academic year, then the student is eligible to receive
the scholarship in the subsequent year. However, if a student does not enroll in a
school in the subsequent year, he or she is eligible to receive the scholarship in the
second year following the academic year in which he or she previously received the
scholarship.
The bill changes the first requirement described above so that a student must
be enrolled for at least six credits. The bill changes the second requirement so that

a school must certify a student's progress. If a student satisfies the requirements for
a year, the bill provides that the student is eligible for the scholarship in the
subsequent year. However, if the student does not enroll in a school in the
subsequent year, he or she is eligible in the semester immediately following the
subsequent year. As under current law, a student is eligible for the scholarships for
no more than three years.
The bill also allows a student who has received a scholarship to regain eligibility
if he or she fails to maintain a grade point average of at least 3.000 or the equivalent
determined by the school. Under the bill, if a student is ineligible for the scholarship
for a year because he or she did not maintain a grade point average at the required
level, the student regains eligibility if the student increases his or her grade point
average to the required level for a year. Under the bill, a student is eligible for the
scholarship in the year immediately following the year in which the increase occurs,
provided that the student satisfies the other eligibility requirements described
above.
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:
AB266,1 1Section 1. 39.415 (4) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB266,2,72 39.415 (4) (a) If a designated scholar under sub. (3) is admitted to and enrolls,
3on a full-time basis for at least 6 credits, by September 30 of the academic year
4immediately following the school year in which the senior was designated a scholar,
5in a technical college district school that is participating in the program under this
6section, the scholar shall receive a higher education scholarship in an amount not to
7exceed $2,250 per academic year.
AB266,2 8Section 2. 39.415 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB266,3,49 39.415 (4) (b) For each academic year that a scholar who receives a scholarship
10under par. (a) is enrolled full time for at least 6 credits, maintains at least a 3.000
11grade point average or the equivalent as determined by the district school, and
12makes satisfactory academic progress toward an associate degree, a bachelor's
13degree, or a vocational diploma as certified by the district school, the student is

1eligible to receive a higher education scholarship as determined under par. (a) in the
2subsequent year or, if the scholar does not enroll in a participating district school in
3the subsequent year, in the 2nd year following the year in which the scholar received
4the scholarship
semester immediately following the subsequent year.
AB266,3,6 5(br) No scholar is eligible for a higher education scholarship for more than 3
6years at a district school.
AB266,3 7Section 3. 39.415 (4) (bg) of the statutes is created to read:
AB266,3,138 39.415 (4) (bg) If a student who received a higher education scholarship under
9par. (a) is not eligible under par. (b) for the scholarship for a year because the scholar
10failed to maintain for a prior year at least a 3.000 grade point average or the
11equivalent determined by the district school, the student is eligible to receive a
12scholarship under par. (a) for the year immediately following a year for which all of
13the following criteria are satisfied:
AB266,3,1414 1. The student enrolls for at least 6 credits.
AB266,3,1515 2. The student's grade point average increases to at least 3.000.
AB266,3,1716 3. The district school certifies that the student has made satisfactory academic
17progress.
AB266,4 18Section 4. 39.415 (6) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB266,4,319 39.415 (6) (b) Each designated scholar who is eligible for an original higher
20education scholarship under sub. (4) (a) shall notify the board as soon as practicable
21of the district school he or she will be attending in the next academic year. Each
22designated scholar who is eligible for a subsequent higher education scholarship
23under sub. (4) (a) shall notify the board as soon as practicable whether he or she will
24be enrolling in a participating district school in the academic year immediately
25following the academic year in which he or she received an original or subsequent

1scholarship under sub. (4) (a), or in the 2nd academic year following that academic
2year
semester immediately following that immediately following year, and of the
3district school in which he or she will be enrolling.
AB266,5 4Section 5. Initial applicability.
AB266,4,65 (1) This act first applies to students who enroll for the semester following the
6effective date of this subsection.
AB266,4,77 (End)
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