There are a variety of education benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To determine your eligibility or which program is right for you, please contact your County Veterans Service Officer or a Veterans Benefits Counselor (see contact information).
Please visit the Department of Affairs website http://www.gibill.va.gov/ for detailed information regarding Federal GI Bill Education Benefits.
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The Wisconsin G.I. Bill
Note: The Wisconsin GI Bill does not cover all educational costs. Check with your Veteransí 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 G.I. Bill provides a waiver ("remission") of tuition for eligible veterans and their dependents for up to 8 full-time semester or 128 credits at any University of Wisconsin-System or Wisconsin Technical College System institution. Qualifying veterans may receive up to a 100% 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 at: http://www.uwsa.edu/acss/student/WI_GI_Bill_FAQs.htm
A 100% 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% 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 G.I. Bill, the veteran must have entered service as a Wisconsin resident. The benefit recipient must reside in Wisconsin.
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 bachelorís 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 G.I. Bill benefits and VetEd for the same semester. However, individuals eligible for Wisconsin G.I. 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.
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% 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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The Veterans Club offers the opportunity for fellow student veterans to come together building camaraderie and support systems. The Vet club invites members that have served in any branch, for any length of time in the U.S. Military to join. The goals of the club are to unite service member students on campus, to establish a unified veteran's voice on campus, and to assist the members in academics, developing social skills and in the understanding of one another. Activities held by the organization include fund raising to support veteran organizations, regular group gatherings to build unity, supporting the local community, and assisting members in an understanding of available veteran's benefits. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. every other Thursday at Ullrich Hall 002. Please contact Tom Caywood with any questions.
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