Education Benefits 

Applying for Benefits

You may be eligible for federal and/or state benefits.  It is important to apply for benefits as soon as you are admitted to UW-River Falls. You need to request for certification of veterans benefits for each academic semester that you wish to use your benefits. To do this, simply complete a Request for Certification of Veterans Benefitslink.

Please Note: The Wisconsin GI Bill does not cover all educational costs.


Check with Veteran Services to determine which tuition/fees are not covered.

Federal Benefits

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Billlink provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Servicemembers may transfer unused Post-911 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or dependents.  Get more information by reading factsheets at: Transferability of Education Benefits (TEB)documentlink or U.S. Department of Defense websitedocumentlink.

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30)documentlink may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Active Duty members may enroll, pay $100 per month for 12 months, and complete a minimum service obligation to receive a monthly education benefit.

IMPORTANT -- All students receiving either the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or Selected Reserve must verify their enrollments monthly to receive payments on WAVElink or by calling 1-877-823-2378 and following the prompts.

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reservedocumentlink program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard.

IMPORTANT -- All students receiving either the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or Selected Reserve must verify their enrollments monthly to receive payments on WAVElink or by calling 1-877-823-2378 and following the prompts.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607)

REAP (Chapter 1607)documentlink is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, are eligible for education benefits or increased benefits.

IMPORTANT -- All students receiving either the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or Selected Reserve must verify their enrollments monthly to receive payments on WAVElink or by calling 1-877-823-2378 and following the prompts.

Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Programdocumentlink provides education and training opportunities to eligible survivors and dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services (Chapter 31)link is a program whose primary function is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living.  

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

VEAPdocumentlink is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. For every $1 you contribute, the government contributes $2. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.

GoArmyEd

Information on how to apply: https://www.goarmyed.com/login.aspxlink     

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply for FTA are here:  How to Apply for FTAdocument


 

Contact Information: Email: 88education@usar.army.mil or call: 612-713-3081

 

Physical Education Waiver

All veterans eligible to receive VA Educational Benefits based on active military service shall have the Physical Education portion of their Basic Studies requirements waived, subject to approval of the Registrar's Office.

To waive your physical education requirement, please complete the Physical Education Waiver Formdocument.


State Benefits

Wisconsin GI Bill

The Wisconsin GI Billlink provides a full waiver (“remission”) of tuition and fees for eligible veterans and their dependents for up to 8 full-time semesters or 128 credits at any University of Wisconsin System (UWS) or Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) institution for continuing education or for study at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Information on application and criteria can be found here: http://dva.state.wi.us/Ben-education.asp#WIGIlink

Wisconsin GI Bill Application
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Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Grant

The Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Grantlink is based on 100% of the resident, undergraduate tuition charged by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The reimbursement amount will be comparable to the tuition for an academic year at UW-Madison or the institution's tuition rate, whichever is less.  Students attending state technical schools or private colleges can also use the program. Additionally, the grant may be used at many out-of-state schools.

Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Grant forms can be picked up in the Veteran Services' Office in 220 South Hall.

VetEd Reimbursement Grant

The Veterans Education (VetEd) Reimbursement Grant provides a grant to veterans who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. The grant amount is based on a credit-bank system.  The number of credits is determined by the length of active duty military service.


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