Veterans services

UWM is proud to join the ranks of select campuses across the country that have been classified as military friendly. Only the top 15% of schools in the nation achieve this designation each year.

Our office is dedicated to providing current and past members of the military, as well as their qualifying dependents, with accurate information and timely processing of their state and federal military educational benefits.

Federal Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this Benefit. Learn more here.
  • Apply here
Montgomery GI Bill
  • MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Reserves and Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.  Learn more here.
  • Apply here
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  • (VR&E) is the VA’s comprehensive program providing training, special rehabilitation services and employment assistance for Veterans with service connected disabilities and Service members leaving active duty because of medical issues. Learn more and apply here.
Tuition Assistance
  • The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program.
    • For Army click here
    • For Air Force click here
    • For Navy click here

State Benefits

Wisconsin GI Bill
  • The Wisconsin GI Bill remits full tuition and segregated fees for eligible veterans and their dependents for up to eight full-time semesters or 128 credits, whichever is greater, at any UW System or Wisconsin Technical College School. The Wisconsin GI Bill is a state program that is entirely separate from the Federal GI Bill. Learn more here.
National Guard Tuition Reimbursement
  • The National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Grant can be used by eligible members of the Army & Air Guard. It pays for tuition used towards obtaining a members first undergraduate degree.
  • Learn more & download the application here.
VetEd Tuition Reimbursement
  • The VetEd Tuition Reimbursement Grant can be used by eligible veterans of the Armed Forces. It pays for tuition used towards obtaining a members first undergraduate degree.
  • Learn more about the program here.

MEBO Resources

MEBO Quick Links
Campus Resources
Community Resources
Summer BAH/Stipend

Download one of the two spreadsheets to figure out what your weekly enrollment level may be. One spreadsheet will help you calculate your weekly eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and the other will help you calculate your enrollment level for the Montgomery GI Bill Stipend. Simply enter the number of credit hours you plan to take during each summer term and then the calculator will do the rest!

Plan wisely for summer classes and get the most out of your benefits!

* Please realize that the VA is the ultimate authority on credit-levels. These spreadsheets are only our attempt to estimate your enrollment levels.

Microsoft Excel 2010

Summer MGIB Stipend Calculator.xlsx

Summer Post 9-11 BAH Calculator.xlsx

Consumer Information
Helpful Tools

  • College Navigator – The U.S. Department of Education provides a tool to help you find colleges and career schools that may fit your needs. You can search for schools by location, degrees offered, programs/majors, tuition and fees, setting, size, and much more. Compare schools, save your session, and export your results into a spreadsheet.
  • College Scorecard – The U.S. Department of Education’s planning tool to help students and their families make more educated decisions about college. Students and their families can look up the cost and assess the value of colleges. Each scorecard highlights five key pieces of data about a college: costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and employment.
  • Paying for College – A website provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hopes to help students and their families in making financial decisions about how to pay for college.

Federal Financial Aid Eligibility
Even if you receive veterans’ benefits, you are still likely eligible for federal student financial aid.

  • We encourage you to complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov to determine whether you are eligible for any additional aid in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans.
    • Federal Grants – The amounts listed are maximum amounts and may be different for you based on your specific eligibility.
    • Federal Loans – The amounts listed are maximum amounts and may be different for you based on your specific eligibility.
  • What are the differences between federal and private student loans?
    • Federal student loans (offered by the federal government) include many benefits (such as fixed interest rates and income-based repayment plans) not typically offered with private loans (offered by a lender such as a bank or credit union). Private loans can be more expensive than federal student loans. As a rule, students have always been encouraged to maximize borrowing through federal loan programs first.
    • What Members of the U.S. Armed Forces Need to Know About Their Federal Student Loan Benefits

 

MEBO Forms

General Information Military Benefits
Learn more about the different education benefits available to veterans, reservists, and family members.

General Information Military Benefits

Request for Federal Benefits 2017-18
Use this form to request the use of Federal VA benefits for the Fall and Spring of 2017-18.

Request for Federal Benefits 2017-18

Request for Federal Benefits Summer 2017
Use this form to request the use of Federal VA benefits for the Summer 2017 semester.

Request for Federal Benefits Summer 2017

Request for Federal Benefits 2016-17
Use this form to request the use of Federal VA benefits for the Fall and Spring of 2016-17.

Request for Federal Benefits 2016-17

Request for Changing Schools
Post 9/11 and Montgomery GI Bill students use this form to transfer benefits to UWM.  Dependents use this form.

Contact Us:

Phone: (414) 229-6627
Fax: (414) 229-5699
Email: vets@uwm.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Mailing Address:
Military Education Benefits Office
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Mellencamp Hall, Room 168A
P.O. Box 469
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0469

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