Walk-O-Meter

Increase higher education grants for certain students

Commit to increasing higher education grants so more students can afford college and target these investments in high demand fields of study for students who commit to staying in Wisconsin.


Sources:

Wisconsin’s Comeback Plan, Walker campaign, July 2014

Subjects: Education

Updates

New proposal unveiled, awaits legislative action

One of the promises Gov. Scott Walker made while campaigning for re-election in 2014 was this one:

"Commit to increasing higher education grants so more students can afford college and target these investments in high demand fields of study for students who commit to staying in Wisconsin."

When we checked with Walker's office in late December 2015, there were no initiatives to announce. We rated the promise as Stalled.

But in mid-January 2016, Walker announced a series of higher education initiatives, including two bills sponsored by Republican lawmakers that involve grants.

A Democratic leader criticized the package as not doing enough for student loan borrowers.

On the grant initiatives, one bill would increase the needs-based Wisconsin Grants program for technical college students $500,000 annually, helping an estimated 1,000 students.

The other bill would provide $130,000 to University of Wisconsin System colleges and $320,000 to technical colleges to provide emergency grants to help needy students facing difficulties to remain in school.

It remains to be seen whether the bills become law.

For now, we rate the promise as In the Works.

Sources:

Gov. Scott Walker, news release, Jan. 15, 2016

Wisconsin State Journal, "Scott Walker: Package of bills will make college more affordable," Jan. 12, 2016

No action yet geared toward 'high demand' fields

One of the promises Gov. Scott Walker made while campaigning for re-election in 2014 was this one:

"Commit to increasing higher education grants so more students can afford college and target these investments in high demand fields of study for students who commit to staying in Wisconsin."

To check on the status of this promise, we contacted Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick in late December 2015. Patrick said the governor's 2015-'17 state budget increased scholarships for technical college students. But she didn't cite any initiative specifically for students in "high demand" fields who commit to staying in Wisconsin after college.

The governor is expected to announce new legislative initiatives in early 2016 and later he will fashion a 2017-'19 state budget.

But for the moment we rate this promise as Stalled.

Sources:

Email exchange, Gov. Scott Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick, Dec. 24, 2015