Veteran Students

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Welcome, Veterans!

Start here to learn more about how you can use your veteran benefits at WITC. Depending on your connection to the U.S. Armed Forces, you may qualify for one or more different benefits, including full payment of your tuition and academic fees. 

Use the below guide to determine your eligibility for Wisconsin and federal benefits.

  • Active Duty or Recently Discharged
    • Wisconsin Resident
      • If you entered the service as a Wisconsin resident, you most likely qualify for the federal Post-9/11 GI Bill, as well as the WI GI Bill. 
    • Not a Wisconsin Resident
      • You most likely qualify for the federal Post-9/11 GI Bill. After you live in Wisconsin for five consecutive years, you may also qualify for the WI GI Bill. 
  • Current member of the Wisconsin National Guard
    • You're eligible for the Wisconsin National Guard Grant, which doesn't impact other federal or state benefits for which you may be eligible. 
    • Once you've completed your military skill training, you'll also be eligible for federal Chapter 1606. If you've been mobilized for at least 90 days, you may increase this benefit to federal Chapter 1607. Longer mobilization times may make you eligible for federal Post-9/11 GI Bill.
    • If you served on active duty for at  least 90 continuous days (including training time) and entered the service as a Wisconsin resident or have lived in the state for five continuous years, you may also be eligible for the WI GI Bill. 
  • Current member of the Reserves
    • Once you've completed your military skill training, you'll be eligible for federal Chapter 1606. If you've been mobilized for at least 90 days, you may increase this benefit to federal Chapter 1607. Longer mobilization times may make you eligible for federal Post-9/11 GI Bill. 
    • If you served on active duty for at least 90 continuous days (including training time) and entered the service as a Wisconsin resident or have lived in the state for five continuous years, you may also be eligible for the WI GI Bill.
    • The Reserve component of each service may also offer tuition assistance, and the amount offered varies by service. Please check with your Reserve unit to see if it's offered.
  • Parent and/or spouse served in the U.S. Military
    • If your parent or spouse entered the service as a Wisconsin resident, was honorably discharged, and now has a disability rating of 30% or greater, you may be eligible for the WI GI Bill.
    • If your parent was honorably discharged and now has a 100% disability rating or was killed on active duty, you may be eligible for federal Chapter 35 Benefits. 
    • If your parent was killed on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, you may be eligible to receive the federal Fry Scholarship. 

Learn more about the Military and Veteran benefits available to you:

Go to Military and Veteran Benefits

If you have questions about applying for your veteran education benefits, please contact:

Kathy Steffen
Veteran's Certifying Official/Financial Aid Technician
715.468.2819 ext. 2235
Email Kathy

Services WITC Offers Veterans

  • Military Friendly® School
  • Veterans Club
  • Veteran Priority Registration
  • TAACCCT Grant Participants
  • Veteran Student Advocate available 
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A Veteran's Start Guide to College

Steps to get Admitted

  • Complete the three-step admissions process
    • The first step is to apply, and WITC will guide you from there. 
  • Submit all (including military) transcripts
    • Your military training may count for credit toward your degree
    • Request an official transcript from all other colleges you have attended
  • Apply for Veteran Education benefits
  • Apply for federal financial aid (FAFSA)
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at www.fafsa.gov

 

 

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Stephanie Smith
Veteran Student Advocate
New Richmond | Rice Lake
715.234.7082 ext. 5779
Email Stephanie

WITC's Veteran Student Advocate is available to you from college inquiry all the way to graduation. Stephanie is available to answer your questions and help you navigate your way through college. 

About Stephanie

Stephanie is currently serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a Chaplain Assistant with the 724th Engineer Battalion out of Chippewa Falls, WI. She is also an "Army Brat" in a family dedicated to serve. Her father is retired Infantry, and her brother is an active duty Army helicopter pilot. 

Stephanie holds a master's degree in counseling from UW-Stout and currently resides in Chetek, WI. 

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