Policy - Revenue/131 Tuition Status: Requirements and Processes for Proposals

Information about establishing non-pooled (i.e., revenue) 131 programs, including how to complete the 131-Program Model Budget Spreadsheet.

Post-baccalaureate programs (i.e., capstone certificates, as well as graduate-level degrees/majors or named options) that meet certain criteria may be allowed to have paid tuition returned to the program. For programs that meet these criteria and are willing to operate under the associated rules, paid tuition for the program will be made directly available to the program through a Fund 131 account to cover expenses and allow for program reinvestment.


Revenue/131 programs differ from the standard tuition model for programs (i.e., pooled tuition) supported through traditional 101 funding. In the pooled/101 model, all paid tuition is pooled centrally and allocated to the school/colleges and administrative units to support the academic and instructional infrastructure. The rules associated with revenue/131 tuition programs are designed to protect the tuition pool and support program success.


The UW-Madison Requirements and Processes for Academic Programs with Non-Pooled/131 Tuition document outlines the planning considerations and criteria for non-pooled tuition programs, in addition to requirements for regular academic program approvals. The document contains the following sections:

  • Appendix A. Additional Requirements Checklist
  • Appendix B. List of Additional Resources
  • Appendix C. Template for Recommendation for Admission
  • Appendix D. Online Tuition Policy
  • Online/Distance Program Tuition Request Form
  • Appendix E. Market-Based Tuition Policy
  • Market-Based Program Tuition Request Form

Revenue/131-Program Model Budget Spreadsheet

If a program would like to request the revenue/131 tuition model, they make the request via the Lumen Programs proposal system. This is the university's system that manages new program proposals and proposals to revise/change existing programs. The 131-Program Model Budget Spreadsheet (updated 9 June 2020) must be completed and attached to the Lumen Program proposal. For a set of videos that provide instructions on how to complete the spreadsheet, go to http://go.wisc.edu/9040tt

Proposal and Approval Timeline

Revenue/131 program proposals must be approved by the University Academic Planning Council (UAPC) and/or the UW System Board of Regents in/by February for a Fall term program start or by November for a Summer term program start. For more information on UAPC meetings, including the proposal submission timeline, refer to the UAPC Meeting Dates and Deadlines webpage.

Professional Degrees and Certificates Community of Practice

Another potentially useful resource is the Professional Degrees and Certificates Community of Practice website. This site includes resources for program development, implementation, and maintenance. For access to the site, please follow this link to auto-enroll: https://canvas.wisc.edu/enroll/N6XC7K

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Keywords:pooled, non-pooled, revenue, 131, tuition, budget, spreadsheet   Doc ID:98024
Owner:Karen M.Group:Academic Planning and Institutional Research
Created:2020-02-17 16:21 CDTUpdated:2020-08-03 09:53 CDT
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