Thank you, veterans!

Madison College provides financial benefits to veterans, their spouses and dependents, or survivors of a veteran, reservist, or member of the National Guard.

Learn more about federal and state benefits and how to apply.

veteran (William) sitting at table in Madison College gateway
  • Federal Benefits

    For spouses and dependents:

    Reserve and National Guard:

    Follow these steps to securing federal benefits:

    1. Apply for benefits
    2. Apply to a Madison College program
    3. Submit your VA Enrollment Form (PDF).
    4. Register for classes. You may request Priority Registration (PDF).
    5. Submit your eligibility documents
      • Certification of Eligibility

        • You will be sent a Certificate of Eligibility indicating your eligibility and entitlement. Submit a copy of this COE. You may also turn in a screen shot of your eBenefits if you’ve already established your eligibility and cannot find your COE.
      • Transcripts
        • If you’re receiving Federal GI Bill benefits, you are required by the VA to submit both military and prior official college transcripts. 
      • DD214
        • If you’re receiving Federal VA Education benefits under your military service, you must submit a copy of member copy 4 of your DD214.
      • Submit all documentation to the Madison College Enrollment Center.
    6. Verify your enrollment
      • If you’re receiving any of the following benefits, you must verify your enrollment each month by calling 877.823.2378 or by going online to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE). 

        • Chapter 30
        • Chapter 1606
        • Chapter 35 (depending on your program) 
    7. Receive your payment
      • If this is the first time you’re going to use Federal Education benefits, expect payment about 4 weeks after classes start.
  • Wisconsin GI Bill®

    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.

    The WI GI Bill does not waive 100% of tuition and fees. It only waives State-set program, material, and online fees. You are responsible for paying the uncovered portions including various fees and materials costs.

    Funding is limited to 8 full-time semesters (about 128 credits).

    Application Process

    See if you’re eligible for WI GI Bill remission on the Wisconsin GI Bill website. You can also obtain the packet at the Madison College Enrollment Center.

    Need help applying?

    Contact the county Veterans Service office.

    To establish WI GI Bill remission at Madison College, you must complete the following steps:

    1. Apply for benefits
    2. Apply for benefits with WDVA
    3. Register for classes
    4. Maintain your eligibility (minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0)

    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.

  • More Benefits for Veterans

    Your service has earned you the opportunity to continue your education.

    Explore these additional funding options.

    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 at each link regarding the specific benefits and application information .

College Financing Plan

The College Financing Plan is developed by the U.S. Department of Education for prospective students to compare the estimated costs of colleges and the types and amounts of aid available. The costs listed are subject to change and aid is contingent upon the student meeting all eligibility requirements. The example below contains an estimated College Financing Plan for a first time freshman with eligibility for a maximum federal Pell Grant.

Sample College Financing Plan

Contact Veterans Benefits

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