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Wisconsin State Benefits

The State of Wisconsin offers a wide range of benefits for veterans, dependents and active duty service members.


Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program

The Wisconsin G.I. Bill provides a full waiver (“remission”) of tuition and fees for eligible veterans and their dependents for up to 8 full-time semesters or 128 credits at any University of Wisconsin System (UWS) or Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) institution for continuing education, or for study at the undergraduate or graduate level.                                            


In accordance with 2005 Wisconsin Act 468, signed into law by Governor Jim Doyle on Memorial Day 2006 and effective with the 2007-08 academic year, the tuition remission is a full 100% of tuition and fees.                                    


"If you served after September 10, 2001, and are currently using the WI GI Bill or plan to use the WI GI Bill; DO NOT MAKE AN IRREVOCABLE CHOICE TO CHANGE TO POST 9/11 Chapter 33 FEDERAL BENEFITS UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL THE FACTS.


Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program for Veterans


For the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, the veteran must have been a Wisconsin resident at the time of entry onto active duty. Character of service and active duty service requirements apply.  The benefit recipient must reside in Wisconsin.                                   


For veterans, there is no post-service time limitation (such as the federal Montgomery G.I. Bill 10-year delimiting date) on the use of the benefit. The veteran may attend full-time or part-time.  The benefit may be used for continuing education, or for study at the undergraduate or graduate level


Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program for Dependents














A 100% remission is provided to the qualifying dependents of an eligible veteran: Spouse; or Unremarried Surviving Spouse; or Child between the ages of 17 through 25, Where the qualifying Wisconsin (must have been a Wisconsin resident at the time of entry onto active duty) veteran: Is currently rated by the federal VA with a combined service-connected disability rating of 30% or greater (Effective Fall Semester 2005); or Died in the line of duty while on active, Reserve, or Guard duty (Effective Fall Semester 2005); or Died as the direct result of a service-connected disability, as determined by the federal VA (Effective July 1, 2006).                                                                         


For qualifying spouses and unremarried surviving spouses, the benefit must be used within 10 years of the date of death or the initial disability rating of 30% or greater. The spouse or unremarried surviving spouse may attend full-time or part-time.


For qualifying children, the benefit is available from ages 17 through 25. The child may attend full- or part-time.                                                        












For the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, the veteran must have been a Wisconsin resident at the time of entry onto active duty. Character of service and active duty service requirements apply.  The benefit recipient must reside in Wisconsin.                                                          


VetEd Reimbursement Grant

The Veterans Education (VetEd) grant program provides a reimbursement grant based on a credit-bank system that is based on length of active duty military service to eligible veterans who have not yet been awarded a bachelor’s degree for the reimbursement of tuition and fees following successful course completion at an eligible UW, technical college, or approved private institution of higher learning.                                       


Veterans may concurrently receive Chapter 30 Montgomery G.I. Bill (VA) benefits and VetEd for the same semester. However, individuals eligible for Wisconsin G.I. Bill benefits must apply for, and use those benefits in order to be eligible for VetEd reimbursement. VetEd reimbursement will be reduced to the extent that tuition and fees have already been paid by other grants, scholarships, and remissions provided for the payment of tuition and fees


Personal Loan Program (PLP)

Veterans may qualify for low interest rate personal loans with up to 10 years to repay. The Personal Loan Program (PLP) may be used for the education of veterans, their spouses, and children. The veteran’s spouse must be a co-applicant, and all loans require security of either a mortgage or a guarantor.                                                 


Unremarried spouses and dependent children of deceased veterans who were eligible for the PLP may also be eligible for personal loans. In addition, a remarried spouse of a deceased eligible veteran may be eligible for a PLP for the education of the veteran’s children.There is no maximum income limit on the PLP. The Personal Loan Program page has current information on maximum loan amounts, interest rates, and loan terms, and how to apply.












Tuition Residency for Wisconsin Veterans

Under state law, veterans who entered active duty as a Wisconsin resident retain permanent eligibility for in-state tuition at University of Wisconsin System institutions. To be eligible, a person who was a resident of Wisconsin at the time of entry into federal active duty military service, who is a resident of and living in this state at the time of registering at a UW institution, and who meets the criteria for determination of veteran status under s. 45.01(12) of the Wisconsin Statutes are eligible for in-state tuition rates at UW institutions. There are no restrictions regarding residency after entry onto active duty but before registering at the UW institution under the program.                                                                                            

Academic Credit for Military Experience

Service members, reservists, and veterans pursuing a college education may be able to obtain academic credit for military courses they have completed through the military. Prior to enrollment individuals should discuss possible credit with the Veterans’ Coordinator at the college or university they plan to attend; credit received may reduce attendance time and cost. They may obtain information regarding transcripts and potential credit for military experience from the links below. 


Call Benefits Hotline

Veterans with questions about Wisconsin’s veterans programs, benefits and services amid the coronavirus pandemic have a phone number they can contact for information.  The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits Resource Center has set up 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387) for veteran and survivor benefits, programs and services.  Veterans can also get in contact with the center by emailing  Contact methods are monitored Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.












Hogs For Heroes

Hogs for Heroes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to healing the mental and physical wounds, suffered by Wisconsin Veterans during the course of active duty, through the therapeutic benefits of owning and riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  One Bike at a time. One Hero at a time.


Contact Hogs for Heroes
Telephone:  608-228-0026