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

For questions in regards to financial aid (not including VA benefits) you may contact Joselyn Diaz-Valdes in the Office of Student Finical Aid via email or call 1(608) 262-3060.

Please visit the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for more information or contact Admissions' Veterans Liaison, Lori Christianson, at or (608) 262-1237.

Apply for Federal VA Benefits: VONAPP

Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the 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.

Wisconsin GI Bill

The Wisconsin GI Bill provides remission of 100% of standard academic and segregated fees as a University of Wisconsin System institution to eligible Wisconsin veterans and their dependants. For more information, contact your County Veteran Service Officer or UW-Madison Veteran Services.

A program whereby an eligible guard member can apply for a tuition reimbursement. The application form must be submitted to UW-Madison and received by the Department of Military Affairs no later than 60 days after the end of the semester, but earlier submission is encouraged. Please see the WI Department of Military Affairs for further information.

Other Programs

Tutoring Services

 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

 Department Specific Learning Centers

  •  Chemistry Learning Center: Open for the Fall and Spring semesters in room B311 of the Chemistry Building (608) 265-5497
  •  Engineering Undergraduate Learning Center (ULC): Free tutoring in Chemistry, Math, Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering in Wendt Library.

Jenny Binzley: (608) 265-1099

  •  The Writing Center: Assistance for all aspects of your writing by appointment (608) 263-1992 or 6172 Helen C. White Hall

 Private Tutoring

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

V.E.T.S. is a strong student-veteran organization that has been on campus since 1972 and serves as UW-Madison's local Student Veterans of America chapter.

Health Care

Eligible veterans may use the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital located just west of campus. To determine eligibility, contact Ms. Cari Myles, the OEF/OIF/OND Veterans outreach Coordinator at (608) 256-1901 ext. 11297. If you served at least one day in a combat theater, medical care is provided for five years after you separate from active duty at minimal cost.

University Health Services (UHS) is the student health center at UW-Madison. All enrolled UW-Madison students are eligible to use UHS. See their website for more information.

McBurney Disability Resource Center

The McBurney Disability Resource Center serves UW-Madison students with physical, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities substantially affecting a major life activity.


University Health Services is located at 333 East Campus Mall (same building as the Veteran Services and Military Assistance and Vets for Vets). See their webpage for hours and contact information.

Middleton Memorial VA Hospital provides consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a variety of issues that can impact emotional well-being.

Located on Williamson St., the Madison Vet Center offers readjustment counseling, marital and family counseling, job counseling, and more. See their webpage for eligibility.

Taking Summer Courses

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Rate of Pursuit: VA calculation to determine full-time/part-time status.

  • Tuition and Fees are still covered at the same percentage as standard terms (Fall & Spring).
  • The amount of time subtracted from remaining benefits is based on your start and end date of courses.
  • During standard terms (Fall & Spring), full time is 12+ credits for undergraduates. 
  • Summer terms are "non-standard" and full time status is based on number of credits taken per week. "Summer" is not a term the VA recognizes. If courses have different start or end dates, they will be considered separate sessions. This is not the same calculation UW-Madison uses for full time status.
If your "Rate of Pursuit" is found to be less than full time, BAH payments will be prorated (no BAH is paid if found to be 50% or less). If you would like to verify what your status will be with the VA prior to enrolling in summer courses, send a question to the VA via the "Ask a Question" feature with the information below.

I am an undergraduate student at UW-Madison using Post 9/11 GI Bill and would like to know what my Rate of Pursuit would be if I took these courses:

Course start and end dates:     # of credits:

MM/DD/YYYY - MM/DD/YYYY for __ credits

MM/DD/YYYY - MM/DD/YYYY for __ credits


Jane Doe

How can I contact the VA?

For questions with federal benefits you can email the VA using the secure "Ask a Question" feature. 

You can also call the VA toll-free at: 1(888) 442-4551.

Questions on state benefits can be directed to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs at: 1(800) 947-8387.

What do I need to complete if I am a transfer student?

The majority of military veteran students at UW-Madison come with transfer credits. If you were using GI Bill educational benefits at another school, you must complete the required paperwork before you can use the benefit at UW-Madison.

Federal Benefits (Post 9/11, GI Bill-SR, Montgomery GI Bill, etc.)

Visit the VA's webpage, VONAPP You will need to complete VA Form 22-1995 (veterans) or 22-5495 (dependents) Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.

Wisconsin GI Bill

Complete form WDVA 2029 and email (or mail) a completed copy to the Veteran Services Office.

333 E. Campus Mall
Suite 10301
Madison, WI 53715

How many months of benefits do I have remaining?

UW-Madison does not have the ability to check availability of federal benefits. Sign up for an eBenefits account to check remaining benefits.

For questions about the Wisconsin GI Bill, UW-Madison Veteran Services can assist you. You can simply send an email to to request your balance. 

When will I receive my GI Bill payment?

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Tuition is sent directly to the University approximately 10-14 days prior to the start of the term. The VA also disburses the Books/Supplies Stipend directly to the student at that time.

BAH/Monthly Housing Allowance is based on the E-5 with dependents rate for the 53715 ZIP code. Monthly payments are made directly to the student at the beginning of the month for the prior month of training (payment for September will come on or near October 1st).

Montgomery GI Bill and MGIB-SR (Chapter 30 and 1606/1607)

You must verify your enrollment at the end of each month in order to receive payment for that month. Follow the attached link for information on verifying enrollment on the VA's help page.

Wisconsin GI Bill

If you are using the WI GI Bill to cover 100% of your tuition, you should be able to see the waiver applied to your student account prior to the start of the term. If you have questions or have not yet had your waiver applied, contact the Veteran Services Office.

For students using Post 9/11 GI Bill and WI GI Bill combinations, you will not have the WI GI Bill applied to your account until payment from the Post 9/11 GI Bill is received from the VA.

If you are called to active duty, you must contact Veteran Services.

January 27, 2003

TO: Deans, Department Chairs, and Center Directors (Please circulate to all faculty, instructional academic staff members, and academic advisors in your units)

FROM: Peter D. Spear, Provost

RE: UW-Madison Military Service Policy

The University makes every effort to accommodate students who are called to active duty in the armed forces during the course of a semester. The attached Military Service Policy clarifies the options available to these students. This policy has been reviewed and endorsed by both the University Committee and the Associate Administrative Council.

Please circulate copies of this policy to faculty, instructional academic staff members, academic advisors, and others who should be aware of these options for students called to active duty.


Paul Barrows
Darrell Bazzell
Luoluo Hong
Melany Newby
John Torphy
John Wiley

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Military Service Policy
Approved December 4, 2001

Upon presentation of their active duty papers, students have several options:

1. Withdrawal: At any point in the semester, a student called to active duty may withdraw from school by filing a withdrawal form in their dean's office. The student will receive a full refund of tuition. The form should identify the current date as the "date of withdrawal," and give "called to active duty" as the withdrawal reason. This must be written on the form because the web form does not offer this reason as an option. The Registrar's Office will process the withdrawal and arrange for the full refund.

2. Selective Drops: A student may drop one or more courses and elect to complete remaining course work according to option 3 or 4 below. A full refund of dropped courses will be honored.

3. Incompletes: Students who have successfully completed the majority of work for a course can be awarded a grade of I at the discretion of their instructors. Students may be granted extensions on the incompletes because they may be gone an extended period of time.

4. Final Grades: This option becomes available if the following requirements are met: 1) the instructor determines that a sufficient amount of the course has been completed, and 2) sufficient information about a student's performance in the course has been obtained. Students must consult with their instructor to determine whether these two requirements have been met in order for a final grade to be awarded.

The intention of this policy is to permit students to select whichever option fits their particular circumstances.

 July 29, 2014: 

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 

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