Bill Offers Ex-Foster Kids Free Education

A bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators has proposed waiving tuition and fees for foster children attending UW System schools and state technical colleges, saying the children lack a permanent family when they age out of the foster system and need help to succeed.

The measure would cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition reimbursements and grants over the next two years and still result in the UW System losing tens of thousands of dollars annually, according to fiscal estimates. Still, more than a third of the Legislature’s 132 members have signed onto the bill as co-sponsors.

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