Veteran/Military Benefits

Any student who served in the armed services of the United States - either regular services, Selected Reserves or National Guard - may be eligible for some form of financial assistance. Dependents of veterans may also be eligible. Assistance may include the Federal GI Bill, Wisconsin state-sponsored tuition grants or tuition remission.

Sue Schroeder, WCTC veterans/scholarship specialist, is the college's school certifying official. She is located in the Financial Aid office, Room C-019.

WCTC has been approved for certifying training veterans under all public laws pertaining to veterans' educational benefits. Please note: Eligibility for veteran's benefits is determined by the VA, not WCTC.

Registration Information For Veterans

In compliance with Wisconsin Act AB201, WCTC proudly offers eligible Veterans and Service Members the opportunity to receive priority course enrollment dates assigned by admission status.

Learn more about priority registration for Veterans

The information listed below outlines benefit details and application processes,

Chapter 33 Post - 9/11 GI Bill - Active Duty

Effective since Aug., 1, 2009, this educational benefit program is for those who served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. This program provides up to 36 months of education benefits, and in general, benefits are payable for 15 years following release from active duty. Review changes to the Post 911 GI Bill.

Dependents of Service Members

For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children. Please visit the GI Bill website for more information.

Upcoming changes to Post 911 GI Bill

Benefits comparison chart

Apply for Chapter 33 Benefits

  1. Complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, which can be completed online at Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). Once completed, submit to the school certifying official.

    OR

    For those who have previously received VA educational benefits, complete VA Form 22-1995 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form - at Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). Once completed, submit to the school certifying official.
  2. Submit a completed copy of the following to WCTC's school certifying official:
    • Certificate of Eligibility
    • Form DD-214
  3. Complete and submit WCTC Enrollment Certification. Copies of this form are also available in the Financial Aid office. This is required for every academic term if you wish to have WCTC certify your benefits.

Payment Information

Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students.

You may also be directly paid:

  • A monthly housing allowance (MHA) equal to the basic allowance for housing (BAH) amount payable to an E-5 with dependents, in same zip code as your school. This allowance is paid proportionately based on your enrollment.
    • For those attending school half time or less, or are on active duty or the spouse of an active duty member receiving "Transferred Benefits," you will not receive any MHA.
    • For those attending school overseas, you will receive a MHA of $1,368/month for 2012, which is the average amount for all CONUS locations. The amount changes each academic year.
    • For those enrolled solely in distance learning, you will receive a housing allowance equal to one-half the national average.
  • A yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • A one-time payment of $500 may be payable to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas.

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty. Eligibility criteria can be found on the GI Bill website.

Apply for Chapter 30 Benefits

  1. Complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, which can be completed online at Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). Once completed, submit to the school certifying official.
    OR

    For those who have previously received VA educational benefits, complete VA Form 22-1995 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form - at Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). Once completed, submit to the school certifying official.
  2. Submit a completed copy of Form DD-214 to WCTC's school certifying official.
  3. Complete and submit WCTC Enrollment Certification. Copies of this form are also available in the Financial Aid office. This is required for every academic term if you wish to have WCTC certify your benefits.

Payment Information

Monthly benefit paid is based on the type of training taken, length of service, category and if DOD put extra money in your MGIB Fund (called "kickers"). In general, there is a 10-year limit to use MGIB benefits; however, the time limit can be more or less, depending on certain circumstances. For payment charts, please visit the GI Bill website.

The VA will send a benefits award letter once eligibility has been confirmed. To receive the funding listed in the award letter, participants are required to certify enrollment each month with the VA by:

Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve

The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve program may be available to those who are members of the Selected Reserve. This includes:

  • Army Reserve
  • Navy Reserve
  • Air Force Reserve
  • Marine Corps Reserve
  • Coast Guard Reserve
  • Army National Guard
  • Air National Guard.

This program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Eligibility criteria can be found at the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve website.

Apply for Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve Benefits

  1. Complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, which can be completed online at Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). Once completed, submit to the school certifying official.

    OR

    For those who have previously received VA educational benefits, complete VA Form 22-1995 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form - at Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). Once completed, submit to the school certifying official.
  2. Complete and submit a copy of DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility, to WCTC's school certifying official.
  3. Complete and submit WCTC Enrollment Certification. Copies of this form are also available in the Financial Aid office. This is required for every academic term if you wish to have WCTC certify your benefits.

Payment Information

The monthly benefit paid is based on training type. For those attending school, payment is based on training time. For payment charts, visit Education Benefit Payment Rates.

The VA will send a benefits award letter once eligibility has been confirmed. To receive the funding listed in the award letter, participants are required to certify enrollment each month with the VA by:

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to war or national emergency (contingency operation), as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. Eligibility criteria can found at REAP Questions and Answers.

Apply for Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Benefits

  1. Complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, which can be completed online at Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). Once completed, submit to the school certifying official.

    OR

    For those who have previously received VA educational benefits, complete VA Form 22-1995 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form - at Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). Once completed, submit to the school certifying official.
  2. Complete and submit a copy of DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility, to WCTC's school certifying official.
  3. Complete and submit WCTC Enrollment Certification. Copies of this form are also available in the Financial Aid office. This is required for every academic term if you wish to have WCTC certify your benefits.

Payment Information

The monthly benefit paid is based on training type. For those in school, payment is based on training time. For payment charts, Education Benefit Payment Rates.

The VA will send a benefits award letter once eligibility has been confirmed. To receive the funding listed in the award letter, participants are required to certify enrollment each month with the VA by:

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment is a program to assist veterans who have a service-connected disability. Eligibility criteria and more information can be found at DVA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment website.

Apply for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits

  1. Complete VA Form 28-1900, Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation, which can be obtained from your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). The VRC - not WCTC - coordinates the application process.
  2. Complete and submit WCTC Enrollment Certification. Copies of this form are also available in the Financial Aid office. This is required for every academic term if you wish to have WCTC certify your benefits.

Payment Information

VA will pay required costs, such as tuition and fees, books, supplies, equipment, and if needed, special services. While in training, the VA will also pay a monthly benefit - a subsistence allowance - to help with living expenses. The VA will send a benefits award letter once eligibility has been confirmed.

Chapter 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance

Chapter 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. This program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

Eligibility criteria can found at the DVA Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance Program website.

Apply for Chapter 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Benefits

Complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance, which is available on the VA GI Bill website.

  1. It can also be completed online at the Veterans Online Application website.

    OR

    For those who have previously received VA educational benefits, complete VA Form 22-5495, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form.
  2. Submit a copy of veterans' DD-214 to WCTC's school certifying official.
  3. If a dependent of the veteran, submit a birth certificate; if a spouse of the dependent, submit a marriage certificate.
  4. Complete and submit WCTC Enrollment Certification. Copies of this form are also available in the Financial Aid office. This is required for every academic term if you wish to have WCTC certify your benefits.

Payment Information

The monthly benefit paid is based on training type. For those attending school, payment is based on training time. For payment charts, visit Education Benefit Payment Rates website.

Military Spouse Career Advancement

MyCAA Provides $6,000 for Military Spouse's Education

Military spouses deserve a high-quality education that leads to an in-demand career. The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides $6,000 for education and training in several programs at WCTC.

  • The MyCAA program is not limited to WCTC programs; for those with other education or training ideas, contact a Military One Source representative.
  • To be eligible for the MyCAA program, you must be a spouse of an active duty, activated Guard or Reserve service member.

Wisconsin GI Bill

About the Wisconsin GI Bill

Eligible student veterans (including eligible children and spouses) are required to use federal Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits before receiving Wisconsin GI Bill benefits. This maintains benefits for the majority of veterans while increasing federal tuition dollars paid to Wisconsin colleges and universities.

The Wisconsin GI Bill does not cover all educational costs. Check with your institution to determine which tuition/fees are not covered.

Changes to the WI GI Bill

Apply for Wisconsin GI Bill Benefits

  1. Complete Form WDVA B0105 and submit to the Veteran/Military Benefits desk within 14 days of the start of the semester. The WDVA B0105 can also be obtained from the Financial Aid office in room C-019. Within the WDVA B0105 you will find WDVA 2029, WDVA 2030 and WDVA 0001 on pages 9-13. All of these forms must be completed.
  2. Submit a completed copy of Form DD-214 to WCTC's school certifying official.

Payment Information

  • If eligibility has not been established by the time tuition and fees are due, payment may be required.
  • The eligible spouse, surviving spouse or child of veterans receives 100 percent remission of program fees (tuition) and materials fees. It does not cover student activity fees or books.

The Wisconsin Veterans' Education Grant (Vet ED)

The Veterans' Education (VetEd) Reimbursement Grant program provides a reimbursement grant for tuition and fees following successful course completion.

  • Eligible Wisconsin veterans who have not yet been awarded a bachelor's degree may use VetEd to pursue educational or vocational objectives up to a bachelor's degree at an eligible UW, technical college or approved private institution of higher education.
  • Courses must be taken for academic credit.

Apply for the Wisconsin Veterans' Education Grant (VetEd)

  1. Begin the VetEd process begins with a meeting at your local County Veteran Service Office (CVSO).
  2. Complete and submit a WDVA 2200, Veterans Education Grant Application, no later than 60 days after the beginning of the term. This form is available online at the Wisconsin Dept. of Veterans Affairs website.

Payment Information

The VetEd Grant is a payer of last resort, i.e., it pays tuition and fees after the Reserve Tuition Assistance Grant, the National Guard Tuition Grant, the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other grant or scholarship programs that specifically pay tuition and fees.

  • Reimbursement is up to 100 percent of tuition and fees not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, other grants, scholarships or remissions.
  • Maximum reimbursement is the equivalent of the University of Wisconsin-Madison rate for the same number of credits, up to the full-time rate.
  • Reimbursement percentage may be adjusted periodically to reflect demand and available funding.
  • Veterans must achieve at least 2.0 GPA or an average grade of "C" in the semester for which reimbursement is requested in order to be eligible.
  • Joint income cannot exceed $50,000 (this is increased by $1,000 per dependent if more than two dependents).
  • If it has been more than 10 years since active duty, the veteran must be enrolled as a part-time student (11 credits or less).

Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant

All Wisconsin National Guard enlisted members and warrant officers in good standing who do not possess a bachelor's degree are eligible to receive the Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant. This benefit may be used toward eight semesters of undergraduate education.

Tuition Assistance (TA) Program

Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100 percent for the tuition expenses of its members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service and application process' and restrictions.

Check the links below for eligibility and next steps.

Payment Information

TA Funds are authorized up to 100 percent of tuition - not to exceed $250 per semester hour equivalent and $4,500 per individual per fiscal year. Within the caps and limits, fees may be paid along with tuition when fees are directly required for course enrollment. Funding varies between branches.

Veteran Student Deployment Policy

WCTC will provide a 100 percent refund of all tuition and fees to students who are ordered or inducted into active service in the U.S. armed forces or who are requested to work for the federal government during a national emergency or limited national emergency.