High Cost Special Education Aid provides additional support for school districts and other eligible LEAs serving students with disabilities that are significant and costly. Agencies apply for partial reimbursement of the costs for individual students in the previous fiscal year.
This program provides additional special education aid to Wisconsin school districts, independent (2r/2x) charter schools, CESAs or CCDEBs. An LEA is eligible if a student with disabilities has actual, additional, non-administrative costs of special education and related services in excess of $30,000. Some reimbursements are excluded. High Cost Special Education Aid is administered under s. 115.881, Wis. Stats., and PI 30, Wis. Admin. Code. By law, an LEA cannot receive both High Cost Special Education Aid and Supplemental Special Education Aid.
Eligible costs are defined in the program guidance document.
Application process instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The report opens on Monday, January 30 and closes on Friday, April 14, 2023.
High Cost Special Education Aid is a sum-certain appropriation in the state's biennial budget. The average reimbursement rate in FY21 for LEAs was 35 percent of each student's cost above $30,000.
2022-23 claims for 2021-22 students are due on April 14, 2023. The 2022-23 high cost appropriation is $11,439,200. Payment is made on the third Monday in June. Revenue is coded to Fund 27, source 625.
Clearinghouse Rule 19-147
Proposed revision to PI 30 currently in its final stage of legislative review.