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High Cost Special Education Aid

Overview

High Cost Special Education Aid provides additional support for school districts and other eligible LEAs serving students with disabilities whose needs are particularly significant and costly. Agencies apply for partial reimbursement of costs for individual students in the prior year.

This program provides additional special education aid to Wisconsin school districts, independent (2r/2x) charter schools, CESAs or CCDEBs. An LEA is eligible for aid when a student with disabilities has actual, additional, non-administrative costs of special education and related services in excess of $30,000, after certain 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

Eligible costs are defined in the program guidance document. 

Application Process

Application process instructions.

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Funding

High Cost Special Education Aid is a sum-certain appropriation in the state's biennial. The average reimbursement rate in FY21 for LEAs was 35 percent of each student's cost above $30,000.

Payment Details

2022-23 claims for 2021-22 students are due on March 3, 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.

Annual Claims

Payment History
 

Quick Links

Clearinghouse Rule 19-147

Proposed revision to PI 30 currently in its final stage of legislative review.

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