The Higher Educational Aids Board is a part-time independent policy-making board composed of twelve members appointed to serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Governor appoints one member from the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System; one member from the State Board of the Wisconsin Technical College System; one member who is a trustee of an independent college or university to represent such independent institutions; one student and one financial aid administrator each from within the University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin Technical College System and independent institutions; one citizen member to represent the general public; and the state superintendent of public instruction. The Board is a policy making body with policy making and regulatory responsibilities.
Reports are prepared for the consideration of the Board on important issues. Members are urged to work with issues from a state perspective and not from institutional and system perspectives. The Board's input should focus on overall student need rather than upon the perceived need of specific student categories, institutions, or educational systems.
Some examples of Board issues for discussion and action, when appropriate, include: recommendations for Statutory and Administrative Rules changes, Wisconsin Grant formula elements, and Biennial Budget Proposals.