Press Releases

May 4, 2006 2006-07 MN-WI Tuition Reciprocity Memorandum Approved

Madison - Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) Executive Secretary Connie Hutchison announced today that the Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity Memorandum for 2006-2007 has been approved by the Joint Committee on Finance. Wisconsin students can continue to choose Wisconsin or Minnesota colleges or universities at in-state tuition rates.

The Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity Program allows Wisconsin residents to attend state colleges, universities and technical colleges in Minnesota for approximately the same tuition costs as a comparable school in Wisconsin. Minnesota residents have the same opportunities to attend Wisconsin schools.

Executive Secretary Hutchison noted that, "Annually, more than 10,000 Wisconsin residents take advantage of this program. This is a very popular program that essentially doubles the higher educational opportunities for our students."

Governor Jim Doyle expressed his support of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity Agreement.

"Thousands of Wisconsin residents have taken advantage of this program for more than 30 years," Governor Doyle said. "The Minnesota-Wisconsin agreement is a great partnership and is a win for our students."

Connie Hutchison emphasized, "Though all Wisconsin residents are eligible for reciprocity, there is an application form for reciprocity students that must be completed and processed by HEAB." She stressed that participation is not automatic. Applications for reciprocity are available from high school guidance counselors or from the HEAB website at http://heab.state.wi.us. Residents can also call HEAB at (608) 267-2206.

May 27, 2005 2005 Academic Excellence Scholars

Madison - Connie Hutchison, Executive Secretary of the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB), announced today that the recipients of the 2005 Academic Excellence Scholarship have been named. This year, eight hundred eighty-seven scholars from 510 Wisconsin high schools have been selected. The scholarship is awarded to the senior or seniors in each high school with the highest grade point average in all subjects.

Students who earn this scholarship are awarded $2,250 to be applied toward tuition at any participating University of Wisconsin-System school, Wisconsin technical college, Wisconsin tribal college, or Wisconsin private, non-profit college or university. The scholarship is granted for up to four years.

In addition to the monetary award, scholars also receive a certificate of recognition signed by Governor Jim Doyle. These certificates have been sent out in time for each school's annual awards program.

"It's important to provide this incentive to keep Wisconsin's top students here at home," Governor Doyle said. "Students who graduate from Wisconsin institutions are more likely to continue to work and live here as adults. I want to congratulate these students on their great academic achievement. Keeping them in Wisconsin is a win for them and for our state."

Since the inception of the AES program in 1990, almost 12,000 high school students have been awarded this scholarship.

May 17, 2004 2004 Academic Excellence Scholars

Madison - Connie Hutchison, Executive Secretary of the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB), announced today that the recipients of the 2004 Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) have been named. Eight hundred seventy nine scholars from 508 Wisconsin high schools have been selected. The scholarship is awarded to the senior or seniors in each high school with the highest grade point average in all subjects.

Students who earn this scholarship are awarded $2,250 to be applied toward tuition at any participating University of Wisconsin-System school, Wisconsin technical college, or Wisconsin private, non-profit college or university. The scholarship is renewable and may be granted for up to four years.

In addition to the monetary award, scholars also receive a certificate of recognition signed by Governor Jim Doyle. These certificates have been sent out in time for each school's annual awards program.

"The Academic Excellence Scholarship is a great program that rewards our top high school students and provides an additional incentive for them to continue their education in Wisconsin," Governor Doyle said. "I applaud our students for their great academic achievement. This is a win for them and for our state."

Since the inception of the AES program in 1990, more than 11,000 high school students have been awarded this scholarship.

May 7, 2004 2004-05 MN-WI Tuition Reciprocity Memorandum Approved

Madison - Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) Executive Secretary Connie Hutchison announced today that the Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity Memorandum for 2004-2005 has been approved by the Joint Committee on Finance. Wisconsin students can continue to choose Wisconsin or Minnesota colleges or universities at in-state tuition rates.

The Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity Program allows Wisconsin residents to attend state colleges, universities and technical colleges in Minnesota for approximately the same tuition costs as a comparable school in Wisconsin. Minnesota residents have the same opportunities to attend Wisconsin schools.

Executive Secretary Hutchison noted that, "Annually, more than 10,000 Wisconsin residents take advantage of this program. This is a very popular program that essentially doubles the higher educational opportunities for our students."

Governor Jim Doyle expressed his support of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity Agreement.

"Thousands of Wisconsin residents have taken advantage of this program for more than 30 years," Governor Doyle said. "The Minnesota-Wisconsin agreement is a great partnership and is a win for our students."

Connie Hutchison emphasized, "Though all Wisconsin residents are eligible for reciprocity, there is an application form for reciprocity students that must be completed and processed by HEAB." She stressed that participation is not automatic. Applications for reciprocity are available from high school guidance counselors or from the HEAB website at http://heab.state.wi.us. Residents can also call HEAB at (608) 267-2206.

January 30, 2004 It's Time to Apply for Financial Assistance

Madison - The Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) today issued a reminder to all Wisconsin residents who are thinking of attending college that now is the time to begin applying for financial aid for the upcoming 2004-2005 academic year.

Here are some tips on filing for financial aid:

APPLY EARLY - Applications for the 2004-05 academic year can be submitted anytime after January 1, 2004. Students and parents are urged to apply even if they do not believe they are eligible for financial aid. Almost two-thirds of all applicants get some sort of financial aid. The earlier an application is filed and processed the better the chance that financial aid will be available. In order to be eligible for most financial aid, the student (and in some cases the parents) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information on the FAFSA is used to determine a student's eligibility for federal and state financial aid. The FAFSA is available both on-line and in print. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at https://fafsa.ed.gov. If access to the Internet is not available, a copy of the 2004-05 FAFSA can be obtained at high school guidance counselor offices, at college or university financial aid offices.

DO YOUR HOME WORK - There are many different types and sources of financial aid. Aid can be in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. Aid can come from the federal government, the State of Wisconsin or the college or university a student attends. Be wary of businesses that offer to file the paperwork for you. There is no cost to apply and process is clearly spelled out online. One excellent source of financial aid information is the HEAB website. The HEAB website has links to many sources of free information including the United States Department of Education, FAFSA On the Web, and FINAID, which is a free scholarship search source. The HEAB website is available at http://heab.state.wi.us.

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