Steps to take before leaving UW-Madison for active duty, and steps to take when returning from active duty.
Also how to defer enrollment for newly admitted students due to initial entry training.
“Our Badger diversity occurs in many ways. The unique student veteran experience adds depth and perspective to our classrooms and to our larger campus identity. We enjoy the personal freedoms we exercise every day because they stood up to fight for them.”
— Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor
Being called to active duty
Understand the steps you need to take when leaving and returning to UW-Madison. This document is for your use, it doesn't need to be turned in.
Returning from active duty
Do not fill out a reentry application. Before you leave, we’ll make a note of your anticipated return. We’ll automatically request an enrollment appointment for the semester you indicated unless you let us know otherwise. This way, you’ll have the option to enroll at the same time as everyone else in your program/year. If your return plan changes, just send us an email. You can wait up to two semesters after you return from active duty to begin classes again.
Your eligibility for traditional financial aid may have changed, so we strongly recommend filling out a FAFSA. Questions about traditional forms of financial aid and the FAFSA can be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid. If you haven’t done so previously, we also recommend signing up for eRefund/Direct Deposit through the Bursar’s Office.
If you completed training during your time away, you can submit your necessary transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment (OAR). Keep in mind a majority of military credit will transfer as general electives. For more information, please reference the OAR page for veterans and active military.
University Veterans Services
333 East Campus Mall
10th floor, Suite 10320
Madison, WI 53715
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Drop-ins are always welcome, but appointments are encouraged.
Current students can make an appointment using Starfish.