Veterans' Educational Benefits - Federal
To receive VA educational benefits, a veteran must apply for federal benefits through the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The most efficient way to apply is online at: United States Department of Veterans Affairs. There are also printable forms that can be manually filled out and mailed, however this option takes more time. For additional support in applying for federal benefits please contact the VA at 1.888.442.4551 or use the online support offered through their website.
Once the veteran has been approved for benefits through the Department of Veteran Affairs, to qualify for monthly educational benefit through Veterans Affairs, a veteran must be enrolled in an approved associate degree or technical diploma program. Only classes within the veterans program are covered by benefit. The Wisconsin Educational Approval Board approves most programs of study at WITC for veteransí benefits. Veterans have 10-15 years from their date of discharge to use their federal educational benefits. Benefits are payable for 36-48 months while enrolled in school. It is the responsibility of the student receiving veteransí educational benefits to notify the campus Financial Aid Advisor or the college certifying official, of any changes in enrollment. Withdrawals could result in a debt with the VA.
How to apply for Federal VA Education Benefits at WITC
You must be accepted or currently enrolled in a VA approved program. The WITC catalog lists approved programs of study. If you are applying for Federal VA Educational Benefits for the first time, you are encouraged to contact the campus Financial Aid Advisor at WITC six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of a new semester. The advisor will collect important veteran information and documents from you in order to accurately administer your benefits at the college.
Post 9/11 GI Bill - (Chapter 33)To be eligible for this benefit, the veteran generally must have served on active duty after 9/10/01 for:
- A minimum of 90 aggregate days (excluding entry level and skill training)
- At least 30 continuous days if discharged for a service-connected disability.
Benefits include a basic housing allowance, a book stipend, and tuition remission based on the veterans percentage of eligibility and enrollment level. Entitlement is 36 months, and expires 15 years from the veterans last date of active duty. Veterans eligible for other federal chapters, must relinquish a benefit to receive chapter 33, and the decision is irrevocable. Eligible veterans are also required to use this benefit before using the WI GI Bill. Those eligible for the WI GI Bill may also qualify for a supplemental payment at the end of each term.
Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)
Provides education benefits for individuals entering military service after June 30, 1985. Rates of monthly benefit are determined by the service-person's previous period of enlistment. Basic entitlement provides assistance for 36 months based on 3 years of continuous active duty.
Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
For members of the Selected Reserve, including National Guard who, after June 30, 1985, enlist, reenlist, or extend an enlistment for a period of 6 years or more. Non-contributory monthly benefit depends upon enrollment status. An eligible reservist is entitled up to a maximum of 36 months of educational assistance.
Please visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website for detailed information regarding Federal GI Bill Education Benefits.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607)
Provides educational assistance to members of the reserve components - Selected Reserve (Sel Res) and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) - who are called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress.
Other Federal Tuition Assistance Programs:
The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35) provides educational assistance allowance to qualifying spouses, surviving spouses, and children of certain veterans who died while on active duty or who are permanently and totally disabled due to their military service.
Vocational Rehabilitation for Service-Disabled Veterans (Chapter 31)
The veteran must have a disability or disabilities which VA has rated at least 20 percent compensable. VA may authorize up to 48 months or more upon entering a training program. Full cost of tuition, books, fees, supplies and certain equipment is paid. For eligibility contact the Veterans Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or local County Veterans Service Officer.
Veteransí Educational Benefits ó State
There are a variety of State Veterans Affairs programs available. Determination of eligibility and obtainment of applications is done through the County Veterans Service Office.
The Wisconsin G.I. Bill
The Wisconsin G.I. Bill was established on July 27, 2005, and provides a waiver (ďremissionĒ) of tuition for eligible veterans and eligible dependents of deceased or disabled veterans, for up to 8 full-time semesters or 128 credits accumulative between UW and WI technical college institutions. Qualifying veterans and eligible dependents receive
100 percent remission of tuition. Certain fees and continuing-education classes are not covered by this benefit.
To continuously use the WI GI benefit, the recipient must maintain at least a 2.0 Accumulative GPA at WITC.
The WI GI benefit requires that the veteran have entered the service as a Wisconsin resident, or have established and maintained status as a Wisconsin resident for at least 5 consecutive years immediately preceding the beginning of a semester. The benefit recipient must also reside in Wisconsin.
A 100 percent remission is provided to the qualifying unremarried 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). Qualifying children, must be at least age 17 but less than age 26. In order for dependents to be eligible, a veteran must have been a WI resident at the time of entry into the service. Dependents must also be WI residents for tuition purposes.
For additional information, eligibility criteria, instructions on how to apply for the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, and statutory citations for the program, see the WDVA B0105 information and application booklet or Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Wisconsin GI Bill (PDF). Other resource: Wisconsin GI Bill Information
Veterans Education (VetEd) Reimbursement Grant
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 (VA) benefits and VetEd for the same semester. However, individuals eligible for Wisconsin G.I. Bill benefits must apply for, and use those benefits in order to be eligible for VetEd reimbursement. VetEd reimbursement will be reduced to the extent that tuition and fees have already been paid by other grants, scholarships, and remissions provided for the payment of tuition and fees
WDVA Retraining Grant
This grant is available to qualified unemployed veterans who demonstrate financial need while being retrained for employment.
For more information on Wisconsin Veterans Benefits, please refer to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs web site.
Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Information
The Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant is a grant whereby an eligible guard member, upon satisfactory completion of course(s) at a qualifying school, can apply for a tuition reimbursement. Reimbursement is based on 100 percent of the tuition charged at the studentís qualifying school or the maximum resident undergraduate tuition charged by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whichever is less. The grant cannot pay for any fees, books or continuing education credits (CEUs). The grant program reimburses up to eight semesters. For additional information on this grant, please see the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs web site.
Veteransí Affairs Reporting
The certifying veteran official for the college will be reporting all program, enrollment, and tuition information to the VA monthly. Graduation, Probation, and Suspension information is also reported at the end of each term. Veteran benefits follow the same satisfactory academic progress guidelines as the college. Once a student is suspended, the studentís name will be reported to Veterans Affairs for unsatisfactory progress. The reporting of unsatisfactory progress results in the immediate suspension of the affected studentís educational benefits pending administrative review by Veterans Affairs.