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®. State law requires you to use the Post 9/11 first.
Not a Wisconsin resident: You most likely qualify for the federal Post 9/11 GI Bill®. After you live in Wisconsin for 5 consecutive years, you may also qualify for the WI GI Bill. If you signed up for the Montgomery GI Bill®, it typically makes sense to switch over to Post 9/11 GI Bill® at UW-Madison due to the local BAH rate. Once you exhaust Post 9/11, you’ll be refunded the money you paid into the Montgomery GI Bill®. If you plan on joining the National Guard or Reserves, you may have additional benefit options. Contact us.