The State of Wisconsin grants priority registration for students who have served or are serving on active duty under honorable conditions in the United States armed forces, including Reservists and members of the National Guard. At the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, priority registration allows service members to register at the front of their class, meaning that a service member of sophomore standing will be able to register before other sophomores. To receive this benefit, a DD-214 or a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) must be filed with the Veterans Educational Benefit Coordinator prior to registration.
The Wisconsin GI Bill provides a waiver (remission) of eligible tuition and fees for eligible veterans and their dependents for up to 8 full-time semesters or 128 credits at any University of Wisconsin System (UWS) or Wisconsin Technical College System(WTCS) institution for continuing education, or for study at the undergraduate or graduate level. You will first need to fill out an application, which can be done at the your local County Veteran's Services Office. Once the State has processed your claim, they will send you an eligibility form. Please contact our office once you have received your eligibility form to ensure that we have also received our copy. You will also need to complete the UW system application for our office. We cannot apply your waiver until we have your eligibility form and the UW system application on file.
The tuition remission covers 100% of tuition and eligible segregated fees. It does not cover all charges on your account, please email our office if you would like more information. The Wisconsin GI Bill is a state program that is entirely separate from the federal VA's Montgomery GI Bill.
The state requires that Federal benefits are exhausted before the Wisconsin GI Bill can begin paying if the veteran or dependent is eligible for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Effective January 2014, any student using the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, whether it be the veteran, the spouse or the child of a veteran, must maintain at least a 2.0 UWL cumulative GPA or higher in order to remain eligible for the Wisconsin G.I. Bill benefits. Should a student using the Wisconsin G.I. Bill have a UWL cumulative GPA that falls below the threshold of 2.0 at the end of a term, the student may still enroll the following term if academically eligible to continue by UWL standards; however, they will not be able to use the Wisconsin G.I. Bill at that time. Should the student get their UWL cumulative GPA back to a 2.0 or higher at the end of an unqualifying term, the student will be re-certified for the subsequent term by the institution/school.
Click here for more information about the Wisconsin GI Bill.
You must be an actively drilling, enlisted soldier or warrant officer of the Wisconsin National Guard who has not already earned a bachelor's degree to qualify for this grant. You must not be flagged for unexcused absences or failing to meet guard standards. Being in the Inactive Ready Reserve makes you Ineligible.
After completing the student portion, submit the application to your school certifying official. The school has instructions to forward the certified application to DMA. It is vital that your application reach DMA within 90 days of completing your course(s). Your GPA must be at least a 2.0 for the term to be eligible for the grant.
Please be aware this grant is intended to reimburse you for the cost of your tuition, and does not pay any money to the school. You are responsible for paying your student bill per the University's payment due dates and policies.
Click here to fill out the National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Grant.
Eligible Wisconsin veterans who have not yet been awarded a bachelor's degree may use VetEd grants to pursue educational or vocational objectives up to a bachelor's degree at an eligible UW, technical college, or approved private institution of higher education. Reimbursement is currently up to 100% of the tuition and fees not covered by other grants, scholarships, or remissions. The maximum reimbursement is the equivalent of the UW-Madison rate for the same number of credits, up to the full-time rate. The reimbursement percentage may be adjusted periodically to reflect demand and available funding.
Veterans may apply through their local County Veterans Service Office, apply online, or download a WDVA 2200 application. It is preferred that a student use the online application due to faster processing speeds. The application must be received by the department no later than 60 days after the start of the course.
To be eligible for the VetEd grant, the veteran's household income must be below $50,000 plus $1,000 for each dependent in excess of two dependents.