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Benefit Information

Post 9/11 GI Bill®

The Post 9/11 GI Bill (or Chapter 33) provides up to 36 months of assistance to veterans and active duty service members with 90 days aggregate active duty (excluding entry and skill training) after September 11th, 2001. It can also be transferred to dependents before the veteran leaves service.

The benefit pays the in-state cost of tuition, a monthly housing allowance, and a book stipend. Based on eligibility, benefit users can have 50-100% of costs covered.

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Resident Rates & Yellow Ribbon Program

Resident Rates: You will be charged equal to the in-state rate if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are a veteran, living in Wisconsin, and begin using your Post 9/11 GI Bill within 3 years of discharge from active duty.
  • You are the dependent of a veteran, living in Wisconsin, and you begin using your transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill within 3 years of the veteran’s discharge from active duty.
  • You are the dependent of a veteran, living in Wisconsin, and you begin using your transferred Post 9/11 benefit while the veteran is still on active duty.

If you exhaust your Post 9/11 GI Bill, UW-Madison will continue to charge you equal to the in-state rate through the completion of your degree. 

Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP): UW-Madison has a limited number of Yellow Ribbon Program slots to cover fees for Non-resident students who are eligible for the Post 9/11 at 100%. You can use the YRP until your benefit expires. Contact us once you’ve been accepted to the university to secure a slot.

 

Fry Scholarship

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at 100%

Applying

  1.  Apply early! It can take 45-60 days for the VA to issue a certificate of eligibility.
  2. Email us your certificate of eligibility once you receive it.

If you don’t have your certificate of eligibility by the time you enroll in classes, make sure we know your intent to use benefits.

Executive & Evening MBA Students

Students in our Executive or Evening MBA programs are charged fees for  international travel each semester the Post 9/11 GI Bill will not cover. To get a better idea of this cost, please contact our office or the admissions staff for your respective program.

Other Federal Benefits

Vocational Rehabiliation & Employment (VR&E) can help veterans find meaningful, sustainable careers and connect you with training or other opportunities to help you reach your employment goals. Veterans and service members typically need a service-connected disability rating of at least 20% to be found eligible.

You can apply for VR&E if you are eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill and can elect to receive the monthly housing stipend at the GI Bill rate.

Effective Fall 2019: Veterans who are living in Wisconsin and begin using VR&E within 3 years of discharge from active duty are required to be charged tuition that is equal to the in-state rate.


Applying:

  1. Apply through eBenefits.
  2. If you are found eligible, you will be asked to schedule a meeting with a Vocational Counselor.
  3. Your counselor will provide needed authorizations to the school, but please email us to communicate your intent to use benefits early.

 

The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) provides a monthly stipend for up to 36 months to current members of the Reserves and National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by your reserve component, and the VA makes the payments.

If you are also eligible for Post 9/11, you must choose between the two benefits.


Applying:

  1.  Apply early! It can take 45-60 days for the VA to issue a certificate of eligibility.
  2. Email us your certificate of eligibility once you receive it.
  3. Once certified, you will have to use WAVE to verify your attendance before you receive your payments.

If you don’t have your certificate of eligibility by the time you enroll in classes, make sure we know your intent to use benefits.

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) program offers up to 36 months of education benefits to dependents of veterans with a 100% service-connected disability rating, who died while on active duty, or who died as a result of a service-related condition. A child may generally use the benefit until the age of 26 except in certain cases.


Applying:

  1.  Apply early! It can take 45-60 days for the VA to issue a certificate of eligibility.
  2. Email us your certificate of eligibility once you receive it and provide us with your full file number (we can’t find you in the VA’s system without it).

If you don’t have your certificate of eligibility by the time you enroll in classes, make sure we know your intent to use benefits.

Tutorial Assistance is a supplement to your regular federal benefit. The monthly rate of tutorial assistance may not exceed the cost of tutoring or $100. The maximum amount payable is $1,200.

There is no entitlement charge for the first $600 under the Montgomery GI Bill. There is no entitlement charge under the Port-9/11 GI Bill or DEA.

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled at least half-time
  • Deficiency in a course which is part of your declared program
  • Enrolled in the deficient course during the semester or term in which the tutoring is received for the course

Applying:

  1. Find an approved tutor. If your desired subject isn’t listed below, check out the department’s website to look for an approved tutor list.
  2. Complete the application.

 

Tuition Assistance (TA) is available for current active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members. The Department of Defense (DoD) has directed a uniform per semester hour cap of $250 for tuition assistance (TA) and an annual ceiling of $4,500. The Services are authorized to establish Service specific eligibility criteria to manage TA funds; therefore, you should first work through your assigned unit to use TA.

Wisconsin National Guard Grant

Enlisted members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard may receive 100% of in-state tuition (not including segregated fees) reimbursed while earning their first bachelors degree. A new application form must be submitted every semester.

Wisconsin GI Bill

Overview

The Wisconsin GI Bill provides tuition remission for up to 128 credits or 8 semesters, whichever is longer, to eligible veterans and their dependents. It can be used at any University of Wisconsin school or Wisconsin Technical College.

The benefit does not need to be divided or transferred, meaning each family member receives the full amount of the benefit.

Veteran Eligibility

1. Served honorably in the armed forces during a qualifying period outlined in the WDVA B0105 (hint: Global War on Terrorism service qualifies)

2. Entered military service as a Wisconsin resident OR you have resided in the state for the past 5 consecutive years.

3. You are deemed a “resident for tuition purposes” at UW-Madison.


Child/Spouse Eligibility

1. The veteran meets the service requirements outlined under Veteran Eligibility (1).

2. The veteran entered the military as a Wisconsin resident OR the veteran & the dependent have resided in the state for 5 consecutive years prior to the start of the term.

3. The veteran has a service-connected disability rating of at least 30%.

4. The child must be between the ages of 18-26.

5. The student must be deemed a “resident for tuition purposes” at UW-Madison.

Apply to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)

1. Fill out a WDVA form 2030 and attach supporting documents (listed on the top of the form).

2. If you qualify under the 5-year residency clause, you will also have to complete an Affidavit of Residency.

3. Submit your application to WDVA using one of these methods:

You will receive a confirmation of eligibility (WDVA form 2031) in the mail from WDVA within 2-3 weeks. Keep this for your records.


Apply to UW-Madison

4. Once admitted to UW-Madison, fill out a WDVA form 2029 and submit with supporting documents (see page 3 of the form) to our office.

You can turn in all application materials to our office at one time, you don’t have to wait for WDVA approval. 

GPA

The Wisconsin GI Bill has a 2.0 cumulative GPA requirement for all benefit users. If your GPA falls below the minimum, the benefit will be suspended for future terms until you meet this requirement. The benefit cannot be applied retroactively.


Approved Programs

The Wisconsin GI Bill can be used for any UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate or professional program. Non-degree seeking students can take classes for credit or as part of an official certificate. Feel free to contact our office if you have questions on a specific program.

The Wisconsin GI Bill will cover:

    • In-state tuition for any UW program (including graduate and professional)
    • Segregated fees

Common fees it will NOT cover (not an exhaustive list):

    • Registrar Office Document fee ($65 charged your first semester)
    • New Student fee for undergraduates ($275 charged your first semester)
    • New Transfer fee for undergraduates ($200 charged your first semester)
    • Late fee ($100)
    • E-Textbook fee (amount varies – more info can be found at: https://bursar.wisc.edu/etextbook-fee)

Executive & Evening MBA students: You are charged fees for technology and international travel each semester the Wisconsin GI Bill will not cover. To get a better idea of this cost, please contact our office or the admissions staff for your respective program.

If you are eligible for the Post 9/11 at 100% and the Wisconsin GI Bill, you must exhaust your federal benefit first. This rule applies to veterans and dependents with transferred federal benefits.

If you are eligible for 50-90% of the Post 9/11, or will exhaust your benefit before the end of a term, you can use the Wisconsin GI Bill to make up the difference in tuition.

You can use the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve or Dependents’ Educational Assistance simultaneously with the Wisconsin GI Bill.