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High Cost Special Education Aid

2020-21 Claims on 2019-20 Students

A new claims application is in development and is expected to be available in the spring. In the meantime, a claim workbook is available to assist districts and independent charter schools with compiling their data and estimating their eligible costs. Payments will be made based on actual claims submitted and approved, prorated as necessary based on the funds available.

2020-21 High Cost Special Education Claim Workbook

2019-20 Claims on 2018-19 Students

Claims were due May 1, 2020.

FIRST: View the High Cost Spec Ed Interim Claim Form webinar.

SECOND: Review the updated program guidance.

THIRD: Request Kiteworks access from Roselynn Bittorf.
Claims MUST be submitted securely using Kiteworks. Claims sent over regular email will not be accepted.

FOURTH: Download the interim claim form.

FINALLY: Review the instructions on the first tab of the interim claim form, complete, and submit via Kiteworks.



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.


High Cost Special Education Aid is a sum-certain appropriation in the state's biennial. The average reimbursement rate in FY19 for LEAs was 80 percent of each student's cost above $30,000.

Payment Details

2019-20 claims for 2018-19 students are due May 1, 2020. Note 2019-20 payments (based on 2018-19 costs) will not include federal funds. FY20 high cost allocation is $9,353,800. Payment is made on the third Monday in June. Revenue is coded to Fund 27, source 625.

Annual Claims

Payment History

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Clearinghouse Rule 19-147

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

For questions about this information, contact Roselynn Bittorf (608) 267-9212