2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
September 5, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Zamarripa, Anderson, C.
Taylor, Bowen, Brostoff, Cabrera, Considine, Crowley, Fields, Goyke,
Gruszynski, Hesselbein, Kolste, Milroy, Neubauer, Ohnstad, Pope, Riemer,
Sargent, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Stubbs, Subeck, Vruwink and Emerson,
cosponsored by Senators Carpenter, Ringhand, Bewley, Larson and L.
Taylor. Referred to Committee on Colleges and Universities.
1An Act to create
36.27 (2) (cr) of the statutes; relating to: University of
2Wisconsin System nonresident tuition exemptions.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates a nonresident tuition exemption for certain University of
Wisconsin System students. Current law allows the Board of Regents of the UW
System to charge different tuition rates to resident and nonresident students.
Current law also includes nonresident tuition exemptions, under which certain
nonresident students pay resident tuition rates. This bill creates an additional
exemption for an alien who is not a legal permanent resident of the United States and
who 1) graduated from a Wisconsin high school or received a declaration of
equivalency of high school graduation from Wisconsin; 2) was continuously present
in Wisconsin for at least three years following the first day of attending a Wisconsin
high school or immediately preceding receipt of a declaration of equivalency of high
school graduation; and 3) enrolls in a UW System institution and provides the
institution with an affidavit stating that he or she has filed or will file an application
for permanent residency with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as soon as
the person is eligible to do so.
For further information see the state 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:
36.27 (2) (cr) of the statutes is created to read:
(cr) A person who is a citizen of a country other than the United States 3
is entitled to the exemption under par. (a) if that person meets all of the following 4
1. The person graduated from a high school in this state or received a 6
declaration of equivalency of high school graduation from this state.
2. The person was continuously present in this state for at least 3 years 8
following the first day of attending a high school in this state or immediately 9
preceding receipt of a declaration of equivalency of high school graduation.
3. The person enrolls in an institution and provides that institution with proof 11
that the person has filed or will file an application for a permanent resident visa with 12
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as soon as the person is eligible to do so.
(1) The treatment of s. 36.27 (2) (cr) first applies to persons who enroll for the 15
semester or session following the effective date of this subsection.