The Wisconsin Technical College System Board will request a $34.1 million increase - nearly twice what the system now gets - in state-financed grant money for student financial aid, a spokeswoman for the technical schools said Monday.
Morna Foy said that during a meeting in Superior last week the board chose the larger of two possible funding requests to be made to the state Higher Educational Aids Board.
The request will be for Wisconsin Higher Education Grants. The grants, administered by the Higher Educational Aids Board, are intended for Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time in the technical college system, University of Wisconsin System or tribal colleges. The grants are based on need and cannot exceed $3,000.
For each of the last three years, the technical college board has received $18.7 million for the higher education grants.