The WI GI Bill® provides program and material fee remission (forgiveness) for eligible veterans and eligible dependents of veterans who were killed or became disabled in line of duty.
What It Covers - The WI GI Bill does not waive 100% of tuition and fees. It only waives State-set program and material fees. The student is responsible for paying the uncovered portion, including academic achievement fees, online fees, supplemental fees, uniform fees, textbooks, etc.
Funding Limit - Funding is limited to eight full-time semesters or 128 credits.
Information on eligibility requirements and applying for WI GI Bill remission may be found on the Wisconsin GI Bill website. You can also obtain the packet at the Madison College Enrollment Center. If you need assistance when applying, you can also get help at the county Veterans Service office.
To establish WI GI Bill remission at Madison College, you must complete the following steps.
- Apply for Benefits
Complete the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) 2029 form- the application for the Wisconsin GI Bill--and submitted it to Madison College within 14 days of the beginning of the semester, or June 1 for the summer semester. You can find this form on the WDVA website under Benefit Application Forms. Be sure to follow the Completion Checklist on the form closely, as it requires you to submit additional documentation along with the form. You only need to completedthe form once while you attend Madison College.
- Request for Certification
Complete the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) 2030 form- the Request for Certification--and submit it to the WDVA. The WDVA will foward a copy to Madison College once your application is processed. You can find this form on the WDVA website under Benefit Application Forms. Follow the instructions on the form closely, as it requires you to submit additional documentation along with it. You only need to completedthe form once while you attend Madison College.
- Register for Classes
In order to be eligible for veterans benefits you must be registered in degree credit classes. Get help registering for classes. Any classes that are already being covered by another party will not be eligible for WI GI Bill tuition remission. In addition, military services members may request an earlier registration date.
- Review Eligibility
Eligibility for the WI GI Bill is a two-part process. WDVA certifies whether the veteran is eligible (a three- to four-week process) and Madison College determines whether the student (veteran, spouse or child) is eligible for tuition remission based on state law and reviews class eligibility.
- Receive Payment
The Student Financials Office applies the funding to your account when all of the items above are completed. The earliest funding will start disbursing is after the Pell Recalculation Date. You can review your Account Activity in myMadisonCollege and it will show when the funding is applied to the account.
- Maintain Eligibility
You must maintain a cumulative GPA or 2.0 or higher in order to maintain eligibility for this benefit. Previous cumulative GPAs on file will be reviewed prior to processing your WI GI Bill remission. If you have a cumulative GPA that falls below 2.0 at the end of the term, you will no longer be able to use WI GI Bill remission until you have brought your GPA back up to the required level.