Please contact the VA Certifying Official, Joe Rasmussen (608) 265-4628, or John Bechtol, Assistant Dean of Students (608) 890-2701, to receive assistance with questions and paperwork.
Contacting the Federal VA
The best way to contact VA Education is the online Ask a Question site. In addition to asking questions, this site may be used to submit electronic files to the VA.
The VA Education Office may also be reach toll-free at: 1(888) 442-4551.
Contacting UW-Madison Financial Aid
Apply for Federal VA Benefits: VONAPP
Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Yellow Ribbon program covers unpaid non-resident charges for student veterans who are approved the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate.
Available slots will be filled with students on a first come first served basis. If you are already participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program at UW-Madison you do not need to reapply.
To apply for participation in the program:
- Complete and submit the Yellow Ribbon Application.
- Along with the application, submit your Certificate of Eligibility Letter from the VA indicating approval for benefits at the 100% rate.
Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS)
Free general university program available year round for the majority of subjects including Math, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Foreign Languages, Economics, Statistics, and more.
There are options of two hour weekly tutoring in groups of no more than six, as well as drop-in tutoring in College Library for those who do not need consistent weekly assistance. View the website sited below to find the GUTS Drop-In Schedule as well as GUTS office hours in the Student Activity Center.
(608) 263-5666 firstname.lastname@example.org
Department Specific Learning Centers
- Math Tutorial Program: Mandatory attendance at two 50 minute sessions per week http://math.library.wisc.edu/tutoring.html
- Physics Learning Center: 2337/2338 Chamberlin Hall; for students in Physics 103, 104, 207, and 208 http://www.physics.wisc.edu/plc
- Chemistry Learning Center: Open for the Fall and Spring semesters in room B311 of the Chemistry Building (608) 265-5497 email@example.com
- Business Learning Center (BLC): Sign up for office hours or group tutorials, or find online handouts and materials used in the tutorials. http://bus.wisc.edu/bba/mybiz/academic-support
- Engineering Undergraduate Learning Center (ULC): Free tutoring in Chemistry, Math, Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering in Wendt Library.
Jenny Binzley: (608) 265-1099 Jbinzley@engr.wisc.edu
- The Writing Center: Assistance for all aspects of your writing by appointment (608) 263-1992 or 6172 Helen C. White Hall http://writing.wisc.edu/
- Department of Statistics: http://www.stat.wisc.edu/courses/Tutorial_Schedule
Students using federal GI Bills can receive a supplemental payment for up to $100 a month for approved private tutors. You must be currently enrolled and at least half-time.
UW-Madison approved tutors for VA Tutoring:
Veterans, Educators, and Traditional Students (V.E.T.S.) Organization
McBurney Disability Resource Center
Taking Summer Courses
Post 9/11 GI Bill
Rate of Pursuit:
How can I contact the VA?
What do I need to complete if I am a transfer student?
Federal Benefits (Post 9/11, GI Bill-SR, Montgomery GI Bill, etc.)
How many months of benefits do I have remaining?
When will I receive my GI Bill payment?
Post 9/11 GI Bill
Montgomery GI Bill and MGIB-SR (Chapter 30 and 1606/1607)
September 22, 2014
SUBJECT: UW-Madison Policy for Enrolled Students Called to Active U.S. Military Service
1. Purpose: This policy replaces the UW-Madison Military Service Policy (approved 12/4/2001 and re-published 01/27/2003, see Enclosure 1) and applies to all enrolled UW-Madison students who are called to active U.S. military service, as well as enrolled students already on U.S. active duty and must relocate due to a reassignment. In both cases, the students should provide a copy of their military orders to the Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office. The Certifying Official will provide copies of the orders to other campus offices, as necessary, with social security number redacted.
a. Academics: The student may request a Withdrawal from the semester, or Drop some courses while arranging for the completion of other courses, on a case-by-case basis, in coordination with the respective faculty member. There should be a written agreement (email suffices) between the faculty member and the student for any course completion away from campus. If a satisfactory amount of the course work has been completed, as determined by the faculty member, the faculty member may elect to determine and enter a final grade for the student, thus considering the course complete. The student will notify his/her academic advisor of their intentions regarding courses, and also provide an anticipated return date to the university. Academic Advisors are encouraged to document student intentions in the Advisor Notes System.
b. Registrar’s Office: The student’s account will be held open during the period of active duty, plus the following two semesters. This will allow the student to continue to use their wisc email account and register for classes prior to their return to campus. After the two semester period following active duty, the student shall be required to apply for re-entry in accordance with normal procedures. Students already serving on active duty that are reassigned and don’t expect to return to campus will have their accounts closed.
c. Tuition, Fees and Housing: (1) Tuition: Students who request a Withdrawal shall receive a full refund of tuition and fees. Students will be refunded tuition for courses Dropped, provided they drop below full-time. (2) University Residence Halls: Unused housing fee payments on a prorated basis are refunded based on the checkout from the residence halls; all deposits submitted for the contract term would be refunded. (3) Leaseholders in University Apartments (Eagle Heights, University Houses or Harvey Street Apartments) may request termination of their lease if either the eligible leaseholder or their spouse/partner is ordered to active duty. The leaseholder’s rent obligation shall be ended as of the requested lease termination date, or the actual date the apartment is vacated, whichever is later. If the eligible leaseholder is ordered to active duty, his/her family could remain in the apartment through the length of the deployment.
d. Financial Aid: When a student withdraws from classes, a Federal Return of Title IV (R2T4) calculation must be performed. The calculation determines the prorated amount of all Title IV funds (PELL, FSEOG, Direct Loans) which must be returned to the federal government. The R2T4 calculation does not change for Veteran students activated for military service. If, after a student withdraws, the institution changes the amount of institutional charges, i.e. refunds 100% of the tuition charges to a student as an institutional refund policy, those changes do not affect the charges nor aid earned in the calculation. Any tuition refund generated by this action must be used to first repay federal and state aid programs in accordance with the Return of Title IV policy.
e. Dean of Students Office: Works with the student to ensure all university offices adhere to the policy, and the student fulfills all obligations. Stays in contact with student during active duty commitment and assists with the transition back to the university after completion of duty.
f. Students: The student is expected to immediately notify the Dean of Students Office and the Certifying Official (Registrar Office) upon notification of active duty mobilization, or reassignment for those already on active duty. The student is expected notify faculty, and to consult with his or her academic advisor in a timely fashion to determine the best academic course of action. Once on active duty, the student is expected update the Dean of Students Office on expected return to school date. The student is also required to notify any campus agency from which he/she receives services, such as the McBurney Center or academic tutoring.
3. Academic Standing: The student’s academic standing at the time of re-entry to the University shall remain as it was prior to serving on active duty. Academic Departments, particularly those with sequential curriculum such as Nursing or Law, should make every effort to place the student into a new cohort with which he/she may then advance through the program. Students shall not have to re-apply to enter a particular program provided they departed for active duty in good academic standing. At the discretion of the Dean of a College/School, newly admitted students who are called to active duty before they’re able to enroll in classes shall not have to re-apply, and may enroll in classes upon the completion of active duty.
John Bechtol, Assistant Dean of Students, firstname.lastname@example.org, (608)890-2701
Joe Rasmussen, Certifying Official, email@example.com, (608)265-4628
Sarah C. Mangelsdorf
Provost, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1. Fall 2014 events
2. Educational benefits updates
3. 1-credit hour Veteran Information Course registration info
4. Federal Work Study opportunity
5. Campus Research Study in need of Veteran participants