Veterans Benefits

Veterans and their dependents are eligible for many state and federal benefits, and WCTC’s Armed Forces Student Center is happy to help you navigate the process. You can also contact the local Waukesha County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO).

Getting Started

  1. Set up an initial appointment with a WCTC Veterans Specialist to learn more about benefits, enrollment processes and transfer credit. Be sure to review the VA Benefits Checklist.
  2. Bring military documents to your initial meeting. Approved documents could include your certificate of eligibility, DD-214s, DD-2384 NOBE, Wisconsin driver’s license with veteran indicator, current orders and letter from the CVSO. Dependents may require other documentation.

  3. Enroll at WCTC. To apply for benefits, you must first be fully accepted into a program of study at WCTC. You’ll need to forward official transcripts from all colleges attended and your military transcripts to WCTC’s Admissions office. You can request a Joint Services transcript or an Air Force transcript.

  4. File the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for additional state or federal aid.

  5. After registering for classes, you must fill out the Enrollment Certification Form.

Military Financial Assistance and Benefits

If you're an active or retired military member who served in regular service, Selected Reserves or the National Guard, you and your dependents may be eligible for some form of financial assistance through the federal GI Bill®, Wisconsin state-sponsored tuition grants or tuition remission. Check out our comprehensive list of military educational financial benefits.

In addition to federal VA benefits, WCTC veteran students may be eligible for additional federal and state financial aid

Armed Forces Student Center

WCTC's Armed Forces Student Center is a dedicated space designed to assist active military, veterans and family members with the transition from college to career. The center is located in the College Center, room C-016. The center is home to:

  • Veterans specialists who can assist with educational benefits
  • Lounge and quiet study area
  • Resource room staffed on a rotating basis by experts in advising, counseling, employment, accessibility and military benefits
  • Student support services
  • Student Veterans of America (SVA) student organization

Priority Registration for Veterans and Service Members

Assembly Bill 201 gives early registration to veterans and service members attending Wisconsin technical colleges. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be currently active or have an "honorable" or "general under honorable" discharge
  • Reside in Wisconsin

Eligible veterans and service members are allowed to register starting at 8 a.m. one business day prior to general web registration. Early registration does not waive any course or program requirements, such as prerequisites and program restrictions. Courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Veteran Student Deployment Policy

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