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 currently receive federal VA Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill benefits and VetEd for the same semester. Individuals eligible for Wisconsin GI 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, including federal VA Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits.
How to Apply
Veterans may apply for VetEd through their County Veterans Service Officer
, apply online, or download an application, WDVA 2200
. Online applications are the preferred method due to efficiency, faster processing, and can't be delayed or lost in the mail.
The application must be received by the department or an authorized agent no later than 60 days after the start of the course, term or semester for which reimbursement is being sought, or the grant will be denied.
Schools that Qualify
To be eligible, a school must qualify as an institution of higher education under the statutes, an institution where the applicant is receiving a waiver of nonresident tuition under the statutes, a high school, or a school approved by the State Approving Agency or the Educational Approval Board.
What Courses can be Reimbursed
The course must contribute to a degree, certificate of graduation or course completion. Courses offered under clock-hour standards are not eligible.
Correspondence courses or part-time classroom study may be approved if taken from an approved school and either of the following applies:
The part-time classroom study is not offered within 50 miles of the veteran’s residence and the school where it is offered is located not more than 50 miles from the state boundary.
The correspondence course is not offered in-state.
Courses taken at a school other than the one at which the veteran will receive a degree, certificate of graduation or course completion, can only be approved if the course must be necessary to complete the degree, certificate or course completion, the course is accepted for transfer by the degree-granting school and is not available at that school.
Successful Completion Required
Veterans must achieve at least 2.0 grade point average or an average grade of "C" in the semester for which reimbursement is requested to be eligible for reimbursement.
Amount of Reimbursement Available
The maximum amount of credits for which a veteran may receive reimbursement is based on the amount of time the veteran served on active duty. Active Duty For Training does not count toward general or VetEd eligibility.
Active Duty Time Maximum Amount of Credits or Semesters
90 to 180 days = 30 credits or two semesters
181 to 730 days = 60 credits or four semesters
731 days or more = 120 credits or eight semesters
Past usage of obsolete WDVA education grants, e.g., Part Time Study Grant (PTSG) or Tuition & Fees Reimbursement Grant (TFRG), has no bearing on the number of credits or semesters the veteran is eligible to be reimbursed under VetEd. TFRG or PTSG applications will be returned by the department to the veteran.
National Guard Tuition Grant & Reserve Tuition Assistance Program
Veterans eligible for the National Guard Tuition Grant (NGTG) or Reserve Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) are not eligible for VetEd. A veteran’s eligibility for either of these other grants is the criterion for VetEd eligibility, not whether the veteran has applied for either.
Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill & Wisconsin GI Bill
Veterans may currently receive federal VA Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill benefits and VetEd for the same semester. Individuals eligible for Wisconsin GI 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, including federal VA Chapter 33 Post 9/11 G.I. Bill tuition benefits.
If you are also eligible for and plan to use the Federal VA Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), or any other Federal VA educational benefits, please contact the school's Veteran Certifying Official in order to financially plan your education and better understand the complex relationship between these Federal benefits and the Wisconsin GI Bill. Contact information for the Veteran Certifying Officials within the University of Wisconsin System may be found on this webpage: http://www.uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/paying/veterans.aspx. Contact information for the Veteran Certifying Officials within the Wisconsin Technical College System may be found on this webpage: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Tx-g-emViXUkynDyBbxFefNtPQx5E8QrmI9lYHQgNJ4/edit.
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.
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.
Payment Processing Time
Once final grades are turned in and the School Veterans Official has reviewed and submitted the application to WDVA, checks are normally issued within 5-10 business days—if the application is complete.
When submitting an application you can minimize delays in processing by providing a complete application. Items that are often not included are: current address, a source of income verification (e.g., current income tax form) or other acceptable documents, and other financial aid documentation.
If payment is not received on an approved grant after ten business days, you can contact the WDVA accounting department to determine your check's status at 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).