State of Wisconsin Educational Benefit Programs

State of Wisconsin Educational Benefit Programs

Wisconsin State-Level Veterans’ Programs & Services Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for most Wisconsin State veterans’ benefits, programs or services a veteran must first establish general eligibility for Wisconsin benefits. Eligibility criteria is set in law ( WIS.Stats.Ch.45) There is an online tool to expedite the processing. This must be done to utilize any state benefit. You only have to do this once in a lifetime.


Wisconsin's Department of Veteran's Affairs Website


We're here for you. The Veterans Wisconsin Educational Portal can help you:

  • Learn about education benefits for Wisconsin veterans.
  • Find the right UW campus or Wisconsin technical college for you.
  • Get support as you transition from the military to life as a college student. 1-877-893-1640

Veterans Education Reimbursement Grant: (VET ED)

This 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 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. Apply online!

The Wisconsin State GI Bill

Information on eligibility requirements can be viewed at Wisconsin Application Packet for Veterans and Dependents.

The *WDVA Form 2029 (found in the packet) must be filled out, signed, have the appropriate documentation attached and given to the Veterans Service Office at the school.

  • If the approval is not received when your tuition is due you will be responsible to pay the fees and once approval arrives from the WDVA the school will reimburse you.
  • The Form 2029 must be received in the Veterans Office at Western within 14 days of the start of the semester.
  • if you were approved at a previous school, you must request that school send your certificate of eligibility or WDVA 2031 to Western.

Retraining Grants

Unemployed or underemployed veterans may receive up to $3,000 per year, for a maximum of two years, if they have a financial need while being retrained for employment. The amount of the grant is determined by the applicant's financial need as calculated by the WDVA. Other education or retraining grants will be included when determining the veteran's financial need for this program and should be included on the application. Online application

Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program
2011 Wisconsin Act 209


What is the Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program?

Wisconsin Act 209 (effective July 1, 2012) requires that the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) establish and maintain a program that grants fee waivers for initial licenses to qualified Wisconsin veterans. (DFI licenses eligible for the fee waiver program are listed below.)

Under this program:

  • Each qualified applicant is eligible for only one initial license fee waiver.
  • The fee waiver applies only to licenses that are issued to individuals, and not to licenses issued to businesses or other entities.
  • Waivers are not permitted for license renewals.

To learn more about the program, click on Veterans License Fee Waiver Program

Wisconsin GI Bill Remission