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WAICU members are committed to supporting veterans

WAICU-member colleges and universities appreciate the value of the experience, training, and education that veterans acquire while they serve in the military. The newly developed WAICU Joint Commitment to Accept Student Military Transfer Credit makes it easier for active duty and military veterans to make informed plans to transform military experience into college credit at a member of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. 


Developed with the guidance of a working group of WAICU-member representatives, the Joint Commitment details how seventeen participating WAICU member institutions award transfer credit to veterans for Basic Training, Advanced Training, and/or for Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs).


The ability to convert military experience and/or training into college credit can help accelerate the journey to a degree at a Wisconsin private college. This effort is important as the state strives to increase the level of educational attainment, address Wisconsin’s workforce shortages, and improve WAICU-members’ positions in the competitive knowledge economy.


According to WAICU President Dr. Rolf Wegenke, “Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities have long served veterans and family members of veterans. The WAICU Joint Commitment to Accept Student Military Transfer Credit further demonstrates support for veterans as they enter and complete postsecondary education at Wisconsin’s private colleges and universities. Higher education is the gateway to opportunity, and this program recognizes that our veterans have earned their opportunity.”


Several additional programs support veterans and their family members as they pursue an education at a college or university that is the best fit for them. WAICU members with undergraduate programs either participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or have a dedicated point of contact for Veterans issues. The grant program for veterans and their dependents attending Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities includes a $2,000 maximum grant per semester or session for the qualifying veteran, spouse, or dependent, plus a match from the college or university.