There are several types of financial aid for eligible veterans. While the base requirements may be similar, there will be more specific criteria you'll have to meet for these benefit programs.

Veteran Benefit Programs

View federal, state, and other benefit programs available for veterans and their families.

  • Federal Veterans Benefits

    Post 9-11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

    If qualified for the maximum benefit, the federal government will cover the cost of tuition, and you can receive up to $1,000 for books and supplies per year. This benefit is for students that are Wisconsin residents and those who are out of state.

    Being enrolled in Madison College for more than half a time, this benefit covers the monthly housing allowance based on the cost of living of Madison College’s locations. You may qualify for a one-time payment of $500 towards the costs of a move if you reside in a rural area. In addition, if you are moving at least 500 miles to go to school or have no other option but to fly by plane to attend college.

    Veteran Educational Benefit Eligibility

    If you served on active duty after September 10th, 2001, or received a Purple Heart on or after September 11th, 2001, and honorably discharged after any amount of service. If you served for at least 30 continuous days on or after September 11th, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability. If you are a dependent using veteran or service member benefits, you may be eligible for the Post 9-11 BI Bill.

    Benefit Type

    If you earn a monthly housing allowance (MHA), college fund, "kicker" payments, or both, you will need to verify your enrollment each month. Learn more about coverage criteria on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

    How to Apply

    Visit va.gov for a checklist of the application process.

    Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)

    The Montgomery GI Bill can provide up to 36 months of education benefits. The benefits are paid monthly and are given directly to the student in the form of a monthly housing allowance payment. This benefit does not pay for tuition, books, or other fees.

    Veteran Educational Benefit Eligibility

    You must have served at least two years on active duty. If you were honorably discharged after 12 hours of college credit, completing a high school diploma, and you have entered active duty for the first time after June 30th, 1985. You also had your military pay reduced by $1000 a month for the first 12 months of serving. Please visit the va.gov site for an extended list of specific requirements and how they determine the amount you can receive.

    Benefit Type

    Like the Post 9-11 Bill, The Montgomery GI Bill is a Veteran Educational Benefit, which is distinctive from a loan or grant, and earned from the Federal VA for service in the armed forces.

    How to Apply

    Visit va.gov for a checklist of the application process.

    Veteran Readiness and Employment VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

    This program provides services to help with accommodations for employment, including coaching for resume-building and job-seeking skills for individuals with a service-connected disability. There is also help available for veterans or servicemembers starting their own business or independent living services for disabled individuals. For family members supporting a veteran or a service member with a service-connected disability, you may be eligible for assistance.

    Eligibility Criteria

    This is for the honorably discharged and current active service members. For an extended list for both veteran and active servicemembers. Find out if you are eligible.

    Benefit Type

    Like the Post 9-11 Bill and The Montgomery GI Bill, VA Vocational Rehabilitation is a Veteran Educational Benefit, which is distinctive from a loan or grant, and earned from the Federal VA for service in the armed forces.

    How to Apply

    Visit va.gov for a checklist of the application process.

  • Spouse and Dependents Benefits

    Fry Scholarship

    This scholarship can provide up to 36 months of financial aid to children and spouses who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty on or after September 11th, 2001. This scholarship includes funding for tuition (full in-state tuition costs up to $22,805.34 per year for training at private or out-of-state schools), housing, or books and supplies.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Your parent, guardian, or loved one must have died while serving, not during active duty, or from a service-connected disability on or after September 11th, 2001. Please visit va.gov for a comprehensive list of requirements. 

    Benefit Type

    The Fry Scholarship is a scholarship type of benefit. Students will have to qualify and apply through the va.gov site.

    How to Apply

    Visit va.gov for a checklist of the application process.

    Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) (Chapter 35)

    This assistance program is for dependents or spouses of Veterans or service members who have died, were captured or missing, or have disabilities. The program covers a monthly payment program toward the cost of college or graduate degree programs, career training certificate courses, educational/career counseling, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. If you started using this program before August 1st, 2018, you may apply for benefits for up to 45 months and 36 months after August 1st, 2018. If you are eligible for both the Fry and the DEA programs, you may only choose one and cannot gain from the benefits of both.

    Eligibility Criteria

    For Survivors’ And Dependents’ Educational Assistance criteria, visit the va.gov site.

    Benefit Type

    Like the Post 9-11 Bill, The Montgomery GI Bill, and the VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefit, Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance is a Veteran Educational Benefit, which is distinctive from a loan or grant, and earned from the Federal VA for service in the armed forces.

    How to Apply

    Visit va.gov for a checklist of the application process.

  • Reserve and National Guard

    Selected Reserve/National Guard Educational Assistance (Chapter 1606)

    For members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, you may be eligible for up to $407 per month in compensation (payments) for up to 36 months.

    Eligibility Criteria: Please visit va.gov to learn more about the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

    Benefit Type: Like the Post 9-11 Bill, The Montgomery GI Bill, the VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefit, and the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program, Reserve and National Guard program is a Veteran Educational Benefit, which is distinctive from a loan or grant, and earned from the Federal VA for service in the armed forces.

    How to Apply

    Visit va.gov for a checklist of the application process.

  • State Veterans Benefits

    Wisconsin GI Bill

    The Wisconsin GI Bill can provide you with a fee remission for your college program and materials. Funding for this program is limited to eight full-time semesters or the equivalent of 128 credits.

    Eligibility Criteria

    This is for veterans and dependents of veterans who were disabled or killed in the line of duty. Please visit DVA.WI.gov for more details on eligibility requirements.

    Benefit Type

    Tuition Remission Program. The WI GI Bill does not waive 100% of tuition and fees. It only waives State-set program, material, and online fees. Students are responsible for covering academic achievement fees, supplemental fees, uniform fees, and textbooks.

    How to Apply

    Visit va.gov for a checklist of the application process.

    Veterans Education Reimbursement Grant

    This reimbursement grant uses a credit-bank system based on the time of active-duty military service and veterans who have not earned a bachelor's degree. Your reimbursement of tuition and fees depends on successful course completion at Madison College.

    You may be required to pay any balance owed to Madison College first before using this grant as reimbursement. If grants and scholarships were applied to the tuition and fees, the reimbursement amount will reduce

    Note: Veterans may concurrently receive Federal Education Benefits and VetEd for the same semester. Individuals eligible for the WI GI Bill® Remission must apply for and use those benefits.

    Eligibility Criteria

    You must meet the active-duty service requirements and not have earned or started a bachelor's degree. Learn more about active-duty service credit information.

    Benefit Type

    Veterans Education Reimbursement is a Grant type benefit for Veteran students.

    How to Apply

    The application must be submitted no later than 60 days after the course or term starts. You can access the form online or obtain the application at the Madison College Enrollment Center.

    Retraining Grant

    Unemployed or underemployed veterans may receive up to $3,000 per year and for a maximum of two years if they have a financial need while being retrained for employment. Other education or retraining grants depend on the veteran's financial need for this program. Your financial need must be on the application

    The WDVA will require continued verification of enrollment and satisfactory progress for the continued eligibility for the Wisconsin Retraining Grant. Funds under this grant are issued directly to the student.

    Eligibility Criteria

    The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) determines eligibility for the Retraining Grant.

    Benefit Type

    The Retraining Grant is for Veteran students who qualify for the requirements above

    How to Apply

    The application for the Wisconsin Retraining Grant should be through the County Veterans Office.

    Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Grant

    This program provides a reimbursement of program fees for WI National Guard members. Students must pay their balance owed to Madison College and use the Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant as a reimbursement. Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant reimbursement may reduce to the extent that program, if grants, scholarships, and remissions were applied to tuition and fees.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Must be a member of the National Guard.

    Benefit Type

    The Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Grant is a grant for Veteran students who qualify in the criteria above.

    How to Apply

    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.

    View Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Documents

    Military Spouse Career Advancement

    MyCAA provides financial support for military spouses' education. Military spouses deserve a high-quality education that least to an in-demand career. Often they need a portable career path, 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, such as business and management, education, financial services, health services, homeland security, human resources, information technology and more.

    Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible for the MyCAA financial assistance, you must be a spouse of active duty, activated Guard, or Reserve service member.

    Benefit Type

    Like the Post 9-11 Bill, The Montgomery GI Bill, the VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefit, the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program, and the Reserve and National Guard program, the Military Spouse Career Advancement benefit is a Veteran Educational Benefit, which is distinctive from a loan or grant, earned from the Federal VA for service in the armed forces.

    How to Apply

    Visit va.gov for a checklist of the application process.

    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

    Under the HEROES Act, students can receive relief in loan repayment, deferment, cancelation, and default by contacting their federal student loan servicer. Students who are unsure of their federal loan servicers should visit https://nsldsfap.ed.gov/nslds_FAP/ for additional information.

    Eligibility Criteria: Individuals, as well as their spouses and dependents, can 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 the war, a military operation or national emergency. Individuals 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. You can also claim eligibility if you suffer economic hardship from war, military operation, or national emergencies

    If you are a student experiencing hardship or expected to during the upcoming semester, contact the Financial Aid Office

    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.

    Benefit Type

    For additional information, visit Aid for Military Families on the Federal Student Aid website.

    How to Apply

    Visit va.gov for a checklist of the application process.

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.