COVID-19 Updates: University Veteran Services

Students, family members, and colleagues:

We’ll update this page with new information and resources from our office related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any needs or concerns! We’re here to support you the best we can during this trying time.

All updates related to UW-Madison can be found at covid19.wisc.edu.

Take good care,
Joe & Jolene


Updates as of March 30, 2020

Enrollment Appointments & Deadlines

  • Drop/withdraw deadlines for the spring term have been extended to April 17th. We updated our Education Benefit FAQs and included a section on drops/withdrawals you may find helpful in this situation.
  • Summer/fall enrollment appointments have been assigned to current students. We ask you to review our Certification Process webpage as you choose classes (it’s recently been updated!). Undergraduates who are juniors or seniors must be declared in a major in order to use federal benefits. Please remember to select your benefits early!

Education Benefits

  • Update to information from March 17th: Students with classes beginning on or after March 16th, and who are using a federal GI Bill, will not be impacted by the shift to online classes this term. Your classes will remain certified as “residence” if already certified as such, and your housing stipend will remain the same.
  • Future terms: Our current understanding of new legislation is that you will receive the residence housing stipend for any classes originally intended to be taught in-person. Classes originally scheduled to be online will still be certified as online (or “distance” in VA terms) credits. As the VA provides guidance on certifying future terms in the coming weeks, we’ll keep you updated of any potential impacts.
  • WI National Guard Grant: Please remember you can fill out your Guard Grant application electronically. If you already filled out a hard-copy version of this form, we’ll ensure it’s still submitted in a timely manner.

Pass/Fail Option

UW-Madison is offering a special disruptive grading option for students this semester. As you consider this option in the coming weeks, please keep in mind how SD/UD grades relate to your benefits.

  • State benefits: Both Wisconsin benefits have GPA requirements, and SD/UD grades are not factored into your GPA.
  • Federal benefits: If you receive a grade of “Unsatisfactory”, the VA will not pay for the course. If you receive an “F” in a course that’s factored into your GPA, the VA will still pay for the course AND allow you to repeat it.

Updates as of March 17, 2020

Office Closure

University Veteran Services staff are working remotely and will be best available via email at veterans@wisc.edu. Current students can use Starfish to set up phone and Microsoft Teams video chat appointments with us. All of our advertised events are cancelled.

Education Benefits

  • Students with classes that began prior to spring break, and anyone using the Wisconsin GI Bill or Wisconsin National Guard Grant, will have no impact to their education benefits unless they drop a course or withdraw from the term.
  • See update above. Students with classes beginning on or after March 16th, and are using a federal GI Bill, may be impacted. We are waiting for further guidance from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs before we make any adjustments to students’ education benefits.
  • All recalled study abroad students who were using education benefits have been contacted by our office. These students should let us know as soon as reasonably possible if they will be able to finish the term remotely. If they’re not able to finish the term, their education benefits may be impacted.

Activated Students

Students who are activated for full-time military service in response to COVID-19 (or otherwise) should contact our office and their professors right away. Having a set of orders in hand is not required before reaching out. Information for students called to active duty, including a checklist, can be found on our Active Duty Orders page.