The State of Wisconsin provides a number of educational programs for veterans. State benefits can affect your federal veteran benefits and your Federal financial aid (FAFSA) award. A description and application process are included on each of the benefit information pages. If you have questions, please contact the Veterans Coordinator in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UW-Stevens Point.
You can find more information on state education benefit programs at dva.state.wi.us/Ben-Education.asp.
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Wisconsin GI Bill
The Wisconsin GI Bill provides a waiver of tuition and fees for eligible veterans and/or their dependents for up to 8 full-time semesters or 128 credits (whichever is greater) at any University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System institution for any degree-seeking courses or for study at the undergraduate, master or even doctorial level at the UW System. NOTICE: The Wisconsin GI Bill does not cover all educational costs
Please visit the state website for the application packet with eligibility criteria and statutory citations for the program.
The Wisconsin GI Bill is a remission of tuition and fees. It is applied to the eligible student’s account at the start of the semester.
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Vet Ed Grant
The Veterans Education (VetEd) 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 education up to a bachelor's degree at an eligible UW, technical college, or approved private institution of higher education. Reimbursement is currently up to 100% of the tuition and fees not covered by other grants, scholarships, or remissions. The maximum reimbursement is the equivalent of the UW–Madison rate for the same number of credits, up to the full-time rate. The reimbursement percentage may be adjusted periodically to reflect demand and available funding. Veterans must receive a 2.0 in the semester for which reimbursement is requested to be eligible for reimbursement.
Time Limitations - Veterans may use VetEd for full-time or part-time study up to their 10-year anniversary of leaving active duty (delimiting date). Once a veteran reaches the 10-year delimiting date, he or she may be enrolled as a full-time student but will be reimbursed up to eleven credits for academic periods that begin after May 27, 2010. Also, after the delimiting date, the department will bank a maximum of 60 unused credits and track the credits as they are used.
Income Limitations – To be eligible for VetEd, the veteran's household income must be below $50,000 plus $1,000 for each dependent in excess of two dependents. The department may request a veteran's current income tax records to ensure that the applicant does not exceed the income cap. If your employment status has changed since you last filed your taxes, and if the change will impact on your eligibility for a grant, please contact the department.
Veterans can apply online. The application must be received by the state department no later than 60 days after the start of the semester for which the reimbursement is being sought, or the grant will be denied.
Once final grades are turned in and UWSP's Veterans Coordinator has reviewed and submitted the application to WDVA, checks are normally issued within 5-10 business days—if the application is complete.
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National Guard Reimbursement Grant
The National Guard Tuition Grant is a program whereby an eligible guard member, upon satisfactory completion of the course(s) at a qualifying school, can apply for tuition reimbursement (does NOT include reimbursement of segregated fees). Reimbursement is based on 100% of the tuition charged at the student's qualifying school or the maximum resident undergraduate tuition charged by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whichever is less. Eligible students need to meet the required G.P.A. of 2.0 for the semester they are requesting reimbursement. The grant cannot pay for any room & board, books, fees or continuing education credits (CEUs). The grant program reimburses up to eight semesters.
The application must be submitted to UWSP's Veterans Coordinator and received at DMA HQ no later than 90 days after the completion of courses. You may access a copy of the form online.
After grades are reported for the semester, the Veterans Coordinator at UW-Stevens Point will process the application and students will receive a reimbursement check to the address listed on the application. Eligible students need to meet the required G.P.A. of 2.0 for the semester in which you are requesting reimbursement.
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