Other Veterans Education Benefit Programs
In order to qualify for most veterans' benefits, programs, or services, a veteran must first establish eligibility for benefits. Eligibility for Wisconsin criteria is set in the state laws (WIS.Stats.Ch.45). Review the information below for application information regarding the specific benefits.
- Veterans Education Reimbursement Grant
The Veterans Education (VetEd) Reimbursement Grant 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. The grant reimburses tuition and fees following successful course completion at an eligible UW, technical college, or approved private institution of higher learning.
The VetEd Reimbursement Grant application must be submitted no later than 60 days after the course or term start. In addition to accessing the form online, students may obtain a copy of the application at the Madison College Enrollment Center.
The VetEd reimbursement requires students to pay their balance owed to Madison College and then use the Vet Ed as reimbursement. The VetEd reimburses state set program and material fees only upon satisfactory completion of the term (i.e. 2.0 or higher GPA). Reimbursement is issued from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) after WDVA requirements have been reviewed.
VetEd reimbursement will be reduced to the extent that the tuition and fees have already been paid by other grants, scholarships, and remissions.
Note: Veterans may concurrently receive Federal Edcuation Benefits and VetEd for the same semester. Individuals eligible for the WI GI Bill® Remission must apply for and use those benefits first.
- Retraining Grant
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 eligibility for Retraining Grant is determined by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (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. Application for the Wisconsin Retraining Grant should be initiated through the County Veterans Office.
The WDVA will require continued verification of enrollment and satisfactory progress for the continued eligibility of the Wisconsin Retraining Grant. Monies under this grant are issued directly to the student.
- Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Grant
The Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Grant provides a reimbursement of program fees for eligible WI National Guard members. Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Application must be submitted no later than 60 days after the course is complete. In addition to accessing the form online, students may obtain a copy of the application at the Madison College Enrollment Center.
The Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant requires students to pay their balance owed to Madison College and then use the Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant as a reimbursement. The Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant reimburses state set program fees only upon satisfactory completion of the term (i.e. 2.0 or higher GPA). Reimbursement forms are completed after final grades are submitted. Reimbursement is issued from the State of Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs after DMA requirements have been reviewed.
Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant reimbursement will be reduced to the extent that program tuition and fees have already been paid by other grants, scholarships, and remissions.
- Military Spouse Career Advancement
MyCAA provides financial support for military spouse's education. Military spouses deserve a high-quality education that least to an in-demand career. What's more, they need a career path that's portable, so relocation never gets in the way of reaching their goals.
Now, the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program is providing financial benefits for education and training in many Madison Area Technical College programs, including:
- Business and management
- Financial Services
- Health Services
- Homeland Security
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- And many more - view all Madison College programs
The MyCAA financial assistance is not limited to these Madison College programs; if you have other education or training ideas, discuss with your Military One Source representative.
To be eligible for the MyCAA financial assistance, you must be a spouse of an active duty, activated Guard or Reserve service member.
How to Get Started
To apply for MyCAA financial assistance and enroll at Madison College, please follow the instructions below.
- Set up a profile on MyCAA.
- Review and digitally sign (by entering your username and password) the MyCAA online Statement of Understanding (SOU) Terms and Conditions.
- Develop a Career and Training Plan as soon as possible. MyCAA does not reimburse for classes that have already started.
- Use the "School Search" function under the "Resources" tab; you can search for Madison College by selecting "Wisconsin (WI)" from the drop-down bar or clicking on the letter "M." Madison Area Technical College is the first college listed under Wisconsin, and the third college listed under "M."
- Apply for admission to a program at Madison College if you wish to receive MyCAA financial assistance. New students must apply to a program of study at Madison College.
- Register for classes that are needed for your program.
Financial assistance is paid directly to schools and other payees registered in the AI portal.
- HEROES Act
What is the HEROES Act?
The Secretary of the Department of Education allows for the modification or waiver of provisions for financial aid recipients due to war, military operation, or national emergency through the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act of 2003.
Who is Eligible Under the HEROES Act?
Individuals, as well as their spouses and dependents, who meet one of the following are able to receive certain assistance regarding Federal Student Aid:
- Active duty military personnel serving during a war, military operation or national emergency
- Members of the National Guard performing a qualifying duty (as defined by the Federal Register) during war, a military operation or national emergency
- People who reside or are employed in an area declared a disaster area by any Federal, State or local official in connection with a national emergency
- People who suffer economic hardship as a result of a war, military operation, or national emergency.
Please Note: National emergencies must have been declared by the President of the United States and can include those caused by a natural disaster (i.e. hurricane, tornado, tsunami).
How do I Get Assistance?
Under the HEROES Act, students can receive relief in loan repayment, deferment, cancelation, and default by contacting their federal student loan servicer. Students who do not know who their federal loan servicers are should visit www.nslds.ed.gov for additional information.
Students who are experiencing financial issues at Madison College regarding the financing of their education for the current or upcoming semester are encouraged to contact the financial aid office to explain their situation. The HEROES Act can provide relief for institutional charges and refunds, Satisfactory Academic Progress, verification, and unusual circumstances for students who meet the established guidelines.
For additional information, visit Aid for Military Families on the Federal Student Aid website.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.