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Pupil Transportation Aid

Program Description

State pupil transportation aids are determined under the provisions of Wis. Stat. §. 121.58 Wis. Stats. The appropriation for reimbursement of transporting public and nonpublic school pupils who are actually transported is found in Wis. Stat. §. 20.255(2)(cr) Wis. Stats.

NEW: 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 (signed into law on September 21, 2017)

This Act modifies the Pupil Transportation Aid in multiple ways and will impact the aid payment dispersed starting with the 2017-2018 school year:

  1. The State of Wisconsin has increased the Pupil Transportation aid allocation by $49,000 resulting is a total allocation of $24,000,000/year and will be paid out in the 2017-2018 school year, cover the modifications listed.
  2. A half payment for a student rider during the regular school year who rode at least once and was enrolled less than 91 days has been eliminated.
  3. A student rider whose residence is over 12 miles from the school of attendance will qualify for a reimbursement rate of $365 and that is an increase of $65 from what rate paid last school year in the spring of 2017.
  4. A summer session or an interim session student rider whose residence is over 2 miles and less than 5 miles from their school of attendance will qualify for a reimbursement rate of $10 in place of $4.
  5. A summer session or an interim session student rider whose residence is over 5 miles from their school of attendance will qualify for a reimbursement rate of $20 in place of $6.

Click the appropriate links below for more information.

Reimbursement Rates

School districts that furnish transportation to and from public and nonpublic schools are entitled to receive state aid at the following rates:

Distance in Miles Regular Year Summer/Interim
Less Than 2 Miles (hazardous area) $15/pupil --
Over 2-5 miles $35/pupil $10/pupil
Over 5 up to 8 $55/pupil $20/pupil
Over 8 up to 12 $110/pupil $20/pupil
Over 12 $365/pupil* $20/pupil

Distances are measured from the pupil's residence to the school attended, following the shortest commonly traveled route. Half payment is made for pupils actually transported at least once and enrolled less than 16 days (summer and interim sessions). Pupil transportation aid for the current year is based on the number of children transported during the prior school year.

The aid payment for 2018-2019 school year was calculated on a total of 448,866 children reported as eligible for aid reimbursement. Pupil transportation aid in 2018-2019 was calculated at 100.00 percent of eligibility because aid eligibility was less than the aid appropriation. This is the fourth year with 2R Charter schools receiving Pupil Transportation Aid.

Who Receives Assistance

School Districts can receive this aid. Pupil transportation aid is based on student ridership in the previous year. School districts report ridership in the School Finance Reporting Portal. (Public View Submitted District Data - portal access)

Amount of Funds Available

The statewide dollar amount for pupil transportation aid is appropriated by the legislature. Aid eligibility for each district is determined based on riders from the previous year, times the flat amount per pupil in each distance category. The WUFAR chart of accounts requires that this revenue be recorded in Fund 10, Source 612. Payment date is the last Monday of January.

Residual Balance of Allocation (2011 WI Act 105)

Effective with the 2011-12 school year, any balance remaining after paying all claims for pupil transportation aid shall be apportioned among districts. This apportionment shall be based on each district's share of the total claims. For example, if a district's claim equals 0.5% of the total claims, the district shall receive 0.5% of any residual balance. Residual balance payments shall be paid in June.

2R Charter Schools

Pupil Transportation (PI-1547) 2017 Update for 2R Charter Schools

Guides school staff in collecting and entering pupil ridership data.

Transportation Aid Information

Transportation Aid Worksheet

Includes Regular, Summer/Interim and Vocational (Updated 05-01-2018 per 2017 Act 59)

Transportation Data Reporting FAQs

Provides information related to 10 questions common to pupil transportation reporting.

Pupil Transportation Homepage

Provides general information on pupil transportation beyond transportation aid.

The Pupil Transportation (PI-1547) May 2018

Guides individuals entering the 'Regular School' and/or 'Vocational Programs' data at the renovated portal.

For questions about this information, contact Bruce Anderson (608) 267-9707, dpifin@dpi.wi.gov (608) 267-9114