General Aid is state aid which may be used by the recipient district in financing the general educational programs of the district. Its use is not limited to any specific program, purpose or target population. General Aid can be contrasted with Categorical Aid in that districts are restricted in their use of Categorical Aid.
Click on the following links to access narrative descriptions of the three main Wisconsin General Aid programs:
For further information on and description of General Aid Programs, see Basic Facts.
DPI General Aid Factors, Targeting and Payment Files
Factors, Targeting and Payment files contain fiscal information for each of Wisconsin's 421 public school districts and are created each time the School Financial Services team produces an aid estimate. The following files are Excel spreadsheets.
Contains individual data elements used in the aid calculation. Elements include membership counts, property valuation, shared cost, Inter and Intra membership counts and net cost of the general and debt service funds.
Contains detailed results of the general aid computations. Results include shared cost and Equalization Aid eligibility by tier, Special Adjustment Aid eligibility and Inter and Intra Aid eligibility.
Contains the detailed computation of applying the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (Milwaukee Public Schools only) and the Milwaukee Independent Charter Program deductions to district General Aid eligibility to arrive at the actual General Aid payment amount. NOTE: Districts will use the October 15, 2019 General Aid payment amount in the 2019-20 Revenue Limit computation to determine allowable controlled levies (Fall 2019).