Veterans at Wisconsin's Private Colleges

Veteran’s Grant for students attending private, nonprofit institutions

In early 2020,  the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed into law, WAICU's proposal for a new grant program for veterans and their dependents attending Wisconsin's private, nonprofit colleges and universities.   

The Grant includes the following:
     • Provides a $2,000 maximum grant per semester or session for the qualifying veteran, spouse, or dependent.
     • Requires participating institutions to provide a matching grant for the veteran, spouse, or dependents who attend your institution. This can be achieved through scholarships, institutional aid, or other forms of assistance.
     • Requires that all qualifying federal aid first be applied before students become eligible for the grant dollars. For example, Federal Post 911 GI bill benefits will have to first be applied along with other federal and state financial aid benefits.
     • The grant provides for 128 credits of eligibility or 8 semesters of eligibility, whichever is greater. Students must also maintain a GPA of 2.0 to keep the grant.
     • The grant must be applied toward tuition costs and can be used for undergraduate or graduate programs.

 Eligibility requirements that apply to Wisconsin GI bill requirements at public institutions will also apply to students under this new grant. The application details are being finalized by the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.  This information will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.


The Post-9/11 GI Bill

The “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008” is the most comprehensive education benefits package for veterans since the original GI Bill was enacted in 1944. Below you will find details on what the benefits package mean for you (a veteran, or spouse or dependent of a veteran) at Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges. A printable/downloadable list of the certifying officials at each of the WAICU member colleges and universities can be found below.

At private colleges in Wisconsin,  the Post-9/11 GI Bill maximum annual payment for tuition & fees for the 2018-19 academic year is  $23,671.94. The tuition and fees payment is prorated by the student’s benefit level.  If a college or university is participating in the voluntary Yellow Ribbon program, and the tuition and fees exceed this amount, additional funds (see “Yellow Ribbon Program” below) may be available, in some cases closing the gap completely.

This program will pay eligible individuals:
     •  tuition & fees directly to the school, not to exceed $23,671.94;
     •  a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school;
     •  an annual stipend of $1,000 for books and supplies, paid proportionately based on enrollment;
     •  a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals (see comparison chart for more information).

Yellow Ribbon Program

Colleges and universities that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon agreement with the VA cover costs that exceeds the basic VA tuition and fee payment of $23,671.94 for the 2018-2019 academic year.  VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the college or university. Benefits are payable for education pursued on or after August 1, 2009.

Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, where available, are in addition to the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (see above).

Click here to see a chart of veterans’ benefits at Wisconsin’s private colleges and universities.

How to Apply

The VA application form includes instructions for submitting completed applications.
For complete information on these programs, go to

WAICU Veterans Certifying Officials List

A printable/downloadable list of the certifying officials at each of the WAICU member colleges and universities can be found here.