Veterans at Wisconsin's Private Colleges

Veterans 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 a $2,000 maximum grant per semester or session for the qualifying veteran, spouse, or dependent, with a per semester or session matching grant from the participating college or university.

To apply students must complete an application form on the Higher Educational Aids Board Website.


WAICU-member colleges and universities are committed to ensuring that both active duty and military veterans receive the appropriate college credit for military education and training as applicable to their programs of study.

The WAICU-member colleges and universities participating in this commitment evaluate basic and advanced military training on the Joint Services Transcript using the American Council on Education (ACE) “A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services” to help interpret and recommend credit for college courses.

Detail on the type of credit that these colleges and universities accept for transfer are found below:

Credit for Basic Training

Credit for Advanced Training

Credit for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)

Veterans Transfer Credit Contacts

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).

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.