Wisconsin GI Benefits

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The Wisconsin GI Bill

Note: The Wisconsin GI Bill does not cover all educational costs. Check with your Veterans’ Certifying Official to determine which tuition/fees are not covered. 2009 Wisconsin Act 28 made changes to this benefit effective January 2010. For further information, please visit http://gibill.wisconsin.edu.

The Wisconsin GI Bill provides a waiver ("remission") of tuition for eligible veterans and their dependents for up to eight full-time semesters or 128 credits at any University of Wisconsin-System or Wisconsin Technical College System institution. Qualifying veterans may receive up to a 100 percent remission of standard tuition and segregated fees excluding textbooks. For further information about eligibility and what costs are covered, please visit the UW System FAQ page.

A 100 percent remission is provided to the qualifying un-remarried surviving spouse and children of a veteran who died in the line of duty, and to the spouse and children of a veteran with substantial service connected disabilities (combined VA service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or greater). For qualifying spouses, the benefit must be used within 10 years after the youngest child reaches the age of 18. For qualifying children, the benefit is available from ages 18 through 25. For the Wisconsin GI Bill, the veteran must have entered service as a Wisconsin resident. The benefit recipient must reside in Wisconsin.

Veterans Education Reimbursement Grant (VetEd)

The Veterans Education (VetEd) grant program provides a reimbursement grant based on a credit-bank system that is based on length of active duty military service to eligible veterans who have not yet been awarded a bachelor’s degree for the reimbursement of tuition and fees following successful course completion at an eligible UW, technical college, or approved private institution of higher learning.

Veterans may concurrently receive Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill benefits and VetEd for the same semester. However, individuals eligible for Wisconsin GI Bill benefits must apply for, and use those benefits. VetEd reimbursement will be reduced to the extent that tuition and fees have already been paid by other grants, scholarships, and remissions (including Chapter 33 benefits) provided for the payment of tuition and/or fees.

Applications must be filed no later than 60 days after the start of the term with the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs.

Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant (WNGT)

Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant (WNGT) is a program where an eligible guard member, upon satisfactory completion of coursework, can apply for a tuition reimbursement. The reimbursement rate is based on 100 percent of the tuition charged at UW-Platteville or the maximum resident undergraduate tuition charged by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whichever is less. Applicants may not simultaneously receive VetEd or the Wisconsin GI Bill.

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