Applying for Wisconsin GI Bill education benefits

The steps involved in applying for education benefits from the Wisconsin GI Bill at UW-Madison.

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.

Who can use the Wisconsin Gl Bill?


The spouse of an eligible veteran

Children of eligible veterans

Using the Wisconsin GI Bill + Post 9/11 GI Bill® together

If you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® 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 GI Bill®, 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 (Chapter 1606) or Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) simultaneously with the Wisconsin GI Bill.

Things to do first

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1. Determine what education benefits you may be eligible for

2. Explore the other federal benefits you might be eligible for

There are several other federal benefits and options for financial aid to also explore.

Other federal benefits

3. Understand the academic requirements (minimum 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.

What does the Wisconsin GI Bill cover?

The Wisconsin GI Bill will cover:

  • In-state tuition for any UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate, or professional program
  • Non-degree seeking (such as continuing studies) students taking classes for credit (CEUs are not eligible) or as part of an official certificate (pdf).
  • Segregated fees

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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.

Tuition costs

Tuition vs. the cost of attendance

Tuition rates are published for each semester. The cost of attendance is an estimate of tuition, fees, and other considerations like course materials, books, housing and more.

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How eligibility works

The Wisconsin GI Bill can cover an eligible veteran, the spouse of an eligible veteran, or the child of a eligible veteran.

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Who is an eligible veteran?

A veteran who:

  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. Is deemed a “resident for tuition purposes” at UW-Madison.

Who is an eligible spouse or child?

A spouse or child of a veteran where:

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

The certification process

This is a step after the application and before you receive your education benefits.  Federal certifications will happen first. The course requirements enforced by the federal VA are not relevant for state benefits.

The process includes:

  1. Selecting your benefits in Student Center.
  2. University Veterans Services verifying your eligibility
  3. Checking the progress of your application in the MyUW Student Center.

When to do this:

After you enroll in your courses each semester.

How to complete the certification process

Receiving your education benefits

After eligibility if verified by University Veterans Services, the Wisconsin GI Bill is applied to your tuition account.

  • If you’re using partial Post 9/11 GI Bill®, we apply the Wisconsin GI Bill after the school has received the federal VA’s tuition payment.
  • If the Wisconsin GI Bill is your only tuition benefit, it will be applied at the beginning of the term.


University Veteran Services
school certifying officials

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Madison, WI 53715

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Drop-ins are always welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

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