Our role is to serve the educational and training needs of prospective and/or enrolled service members, veterans, their dependents or survivors, and other persons eligible to receive education benefits under the various Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) programs and the State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) programs. The Veterans Benefits Coordinator provides benefit and education counseling, program information, referral to various agencies, and certifies eligible students to receive education benefits under various state and federal programs while maintaining a congenial working relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies serving veterans.
The Registrar's Office is the certifying office for veterans benefits at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and UW-Whitewater at Rock County.
New students who are eligible for benefits but have not yet applied, may contact Amy Moore in the Registrar's Office. A type of eligibility form would help the process (i.e. a DD214 - Notice of Separation).
UW-Whitewater and UW-Whitewater at Rock County Veterans Benefits Coordinator
Amy Moore (Navy Veteran)
Roseman Building 2032
Veterans Services Information Sheet - Academic (Information Sheets must be submitted each semester you want to use your benefit.)
Students called to active service during the course of a semester must choose one of the following options before departing for active service:
Students shall not be penalized for class absence due to unavoidable or legitimate required military obligations not to exceed two (2) weeks unless special permission is granted by the instructor. Students are responsible for notifying faculty members of such circumstances as far in advance as possible and for providing documentation to the instructor to verify the reason for the absence. The faculty member is responsible to provide reasonable accommodations or opportunities to make up exams or other course assignments that have an impact on the course grade. For absences due to a student being deployed for active duty, please refer to the University's Active Duty Call-Up Procedure.
Events held at UW - Whitewater, UW - Rock County and off campus will be posted and update here.
UW - Whitewater Campus
Operation Job Ready Veterans: Conducting resume, interviewing, and job searching workshops at UWW campus for student veterans, dependents, and spouses that are on campus.
February 24, 8am-4pm
Veterans Lounge located in the Anderson Library
UW - Rock County Campus
No events scheduled at this time.
No events scheduled at this time.
It is highly recommended that all military members including dependent and spouses file a FAFSA application each school year. This is where the free money lives (grants) and you will need to file a FAFSA to get access to this money. Just because you file a FAFSA does not mean you need to use these loans. In order to have Federal Student Aid applied to your account you would need to manually go in and accept the loans.
Types of Aid
Grants: A grant is gift aid, which means the funds do not need to be repaid. Most grants are based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Loans: A loan is a form of financial assistance which must be repaid and should only be accepted with full realization of that responsibility.
Scholarships: A scholarship is also gift aid which does not need to be repaid. Scholarships are usually merit based, and the criteria to receive a scholarship varies considerably dependent upon the scholarship provider.
The FAFSA is the financial aid form for accessing grants, federal student loans and work-study funds. Filling out the free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is one of the most important steps students and their families can take to pay for college. If you submit your FAFSA early, you’ll have a better chance at more federal aid or school financial aid. The FAFSA application can be submitted for the next year of college starting October 1.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you are receiving the WI GI Bill Waiver, along with other grants and loans through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your Financial Aid Offer may be reduced once the Financial Aid Office is notified of your WI GI Bill Waiver amount. If you receive a refund from your grants and loans prior to your WI GI Bill Waiver being applied to your account, you may owe some or all of your refund back to UW-W. If you have completed or will be completing the FAFSA, please complete the “Scholarship & Resource Notification Form” available at https://www.uww.edu/financialaid/forms#miscellaneous-forms and return it to the Financial Aid Office so they can adjust your financial aid accordingly.
Veteran's benefits may also include tutorial assistance, if there exists a documented deficiency in any subject required for completion of a degree program. Contact the Veterans' Coordinator for an application.
Refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog for the academic performance criteria that are expected from all UW-W students, including those individuals receiving VA benefits. In addition to those rules and regulations, veterans who are receiving VA benefits should be aware of these considerations:
Chap 30 Montgomery GI Bill ® (for Active Duty Personnel and Veterans since 1985)
Chap 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment
Chap 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill ® Program
-The Yellow Ribbon Program
Chap 35 DEA (Dependents' Educational Assistance Program - Spouses and Children)
Chap 1606 Montgomery GI Bill ® (for Reserve and Guard Members Since 1985)
VA Work Study Program
VA Tutoring Program
Federal Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each branch has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. Additionally, active duty members may elect to use the GI Bill “top-up” in addition to their service provided TA to cover high cost courses. Students need approval from their ESO, military counselor, or Service branch before registering for classes. Click on your branch below for guidance on how to apply for tuition assistance.
If you are not a current student apply to UW Whitewater as “Special No Credential” or “Degree Seeking”
Cost Verification Documents
UWW is approved by the State Approval Agency. Veterans may receive a minimum of four (4) elective units if they received an honorable discharge after six months or more of service or if they were discharged into the National Guard or Reserves. The discharge certificate (DD214) must be submitted to the Admissions Office to obtain these units. Credit may be granted for military training and experience if the guide compiled by the American Council on Education so recommends. Students should consult the Admissions Office about this type of credit. Students submitting the AARTS, SMART or Community College of the Air Force transcripts may be evaluated to receive additional elective or degree credits.
Get credit for your military training: To request your Official Joint Service Transcript, you will need to login or register for an account. Once you have your account follow the steps below.
• My Transcript
• Request Official Transcript
• School Search: University of Wisconsin or University of Wisconsin (Rock County)
• For UWW you will need to scroll down until you see UWW address (800 West Main St, Whitewater, WI 53190)
• Click on the one you need (it will not state University of Wisconsin Whitewater in the title of the one going to UWW)
• Check the box: I have read and agree with the above consent statement
• Click on: SEND OFFICAL TRANSCRIPT
• Send a copy of your DD214 to Veteran Services Team and Admissions Office
Monthly Student Verification/Wave Verification
Adult & Non Traditional Student
Career and Leadership Development
Center for Students with Disabilities
University Health and Counseling Services
Veteran and Service Members Organization
At UW-Whitewater, you will have the opportunity to join the Veterans and Service Members Organization. The student-run campus organization is involved in social, academic, informational and community services. The group aims to assist members with the transition to campus and academic life, build morale and promote fellowship. For more information, email the student president at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Veterans Affairs
Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) DANTES Test Centers
Department of Labor
Federal Jobs for Veterans
Foreign Training Approval
Library of Congress
National Science Foundation
National Veterans Foundation
Post 9/11 GI Bill
Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND)
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. House of Representatives
The White House
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
Veterans ON-line Application (VONAPP)
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) Home
Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association
Military Children Scholarship
Military Magazine Online - veterans & spouses
Military Officers Association of America
NMFA Joann Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship
The Pat Tillman Foundation
SMART Scholarship Program
The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Leadership and Military Science department develops students to become leaders in either the Army, Air Force or civilian career fields. There are three paths to obtain a minor in Leadership, and those paths are specific to the individual student on their desires to either work in the Army, Air Force or Civilian career path.
For those students interested in the ROTC Program, UW Whitewater offers leadership electives as well as a leadership minor. There are several additional opportunities in the leadership department to include; scholarships, Basic Course, Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), and Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD).
S.A.L.U.T.E. is the only national honor society recognizing and honoring the service and the scholastic achievements of student veterans. SALUTE stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence. Members inducted into SALUTE are those who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers. Each student selected for recognition through membership in SALUTE will receive a military style challenge coin and a membership certificate suitable for framing, opportunities for scholarships through SALUTE.
Members include retirees, disabled veterans, active duty military, National Guard and reservists returning to higher education, starting second careers, or helping fund their college careers with military service.
SALUTE National is pleased to announce our online marketplace with graduation regalia and memorabilia available here.
Applications accepted until April 1 for the Spring semester and October 15 for the Fall semester.
Step 2. Pay a one-time $35 fee for life membership online here.
Applicants who have not paid the membership by the application deadline will not be processed. A confirmation email will be sent to the email provided by the application.
For more information, contact Amy Moore at email@example.com
Step 1. Fill out the application.
Step 2. Email completed application package to SALUTE_National@mail.colostate.edu.
Wisconsin State Benefits Summary
Wisconsin GI Bill Tuition Waiver Program
WDMA National Guard Tuition Grant
To get more information on the listed Wisconsin State Military Education Benefits, please go to their respective tabs.
Student – Veterans & Military Services mission is to help make your transition from military culture to academic excellence as smooth as possible while making your college experience rewarding and meaningful. Our dedicated staff and resources are here to help you on your journey.
Coordinator of Student Veterans & Military Services
UWW Veterans and Service Members Lounge is a place for students who have served or are serving in the military to study and socialize with each other. Located in the Anderson Library, room 2208A, this lounge includes two (2) computers, study space, television, mini-fridge, microwave and separate meeting room for veterans to use. The Veterans and Service Members Organization meets in this Lounge on a regular basis.
At UW-Whitewater, you will have the opportunity to join the Veterans and Service Members Organization. The student-run campus organization is involved in social, academic, informational and community services. The group aims to assist members with the transition to campus and academic life, build morale and promote fellowship. For more information, email the student president at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A place where veterans on campus can come together to discuss events, personal issues, current veterans issues affecting them and get needed peer support. Possible activities may include conducting community outreach and bringing education and awareness to those on campus interested in learning about current issues that affect veterans. For more information contact Kristin Fillhouer.
|Undergraduate*||Required Standard Class Sessions|
|Full Time||12+ credits|
|3/4 Time||9-11.5 credits|
|1/2 Time||6-8.5 credits|
|Graduate*||Required Standard Class Sessions|
|Full Time||9+ credits|
|3/4 Time 75% Benefits Monthly||5-8.6 credits|
|1/2 Time 50% Benefits Monthly||4-4.5 credits|
|1/4 Time Tuition and Fees Only||3-3.5 credits|
*Chapter 33 recipients: half-time enrollment (Undergraduates - 6 units or less; Graduates - 4.5 units or less) any time during the term (Fall/Spring only) will result in the loss of your MHA/BAH.
Please Note: Per VA directive, a Winterim course, Summer Session courses and courses that do not meet for the full semester will only count during those weeks that the course(s) meet.
Veterans Week is held every year in early November to honor all service members not only in the UWW student population, but all service members in the Whitewater area. A multitude of Veterans Week events have included Veteran themed art shows in the Roberta Art Gallery, military panel presentations, and the Veteran Honor Tree - a silent way to say thank you to many different groups that have been affected by past and present wars. For additional information about Veterans Week, please contact Kris McMenamin at 262-472-5236.
Veterans Recognition Week November 6-11, 2023
In recognition of veterans and military service members, UW-Whitewater's Veterans Services office has several in-person activities planned.
Veterans Day Ceremony Program
Master of Ceremonies
Kris McMenamin, Coordinator of Military and Veteran Student Services
11:00 am Color Guard and National Anthem
UW-W ROTC and UW-W Student Brass Quintet
11:05 Welcome and Land Acknowledgment Statement.
Mark Zimmermann, Student Veteran Alliance President
Amy Moore, Veterans Benefits Coordinator
Chancellor Corey King
VFW Vice Commander Ty Letto
Kris McMenamin, Coordinator of Military and Veteran Student Services
WDVA has instituted an online application process for this benefit. Although the form WDVA 2030 is now done electronically through myWisVets, the form WDVA 2029 with the school logos is still done by paper and turned into the school. Please download the WDVA 2029 below, complete, and return to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator.
WI GI Bill FAQs
Cumulative GPA Requirement:
Please Note: The WIGI Bill does not cover all educational costs (i.e. textbook rental, special course fees, etc.). Information on what programs and the amount of tuition and fees costs that are covered can be found at the following website: Wisconsin GI Bill FAQs. You can also check with either the Veterans Certifying Official (262-472-1570) or Student Accounts (262-472-1373) to determine which tuition/fees are not covered.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you apply for FAFSA, please be aware that the WIGI Bill needs to be applied to your account before Federal Student Aid is applied to your account. If Federal Student Aid drops first, this will cause a debt on your account and you will owe money back to the school. To avoid this from happening it is very important that you submit your Veteran Services Information Sheet immediately after you register for classes. You will do this every semester.
Please fill out the Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Application Form and email back to Amy Moore within 2 weeks from the start of the semester. Forms need to be submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs from the UW-Whitewater veterans office no later than 90 days from the last day of each semester.
*Good academic standing is at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
As a participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program, UWW has agreed to fund 50% of the remaining unmet tuition & fee charges, the other 50% being funded by the Veterans Administration. Awards are made to a total of 10 qualified non-resident undergraduates, including continuing students who are already receiving Yellow Ribbon Program benefits from previous semesters. Applicants are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The amount each student will receive from UWW will vary according to the cost of their degree program and any tuition specific scholarships or grant they may have been awarded.
Please Note: the Yellow Ribbon Program award cannot be combined with other UWW institutional awards to result in a surplus for the student. This program is available to qualified non-resident undergraduate students in all degree programs offered at UWW.
Yellow Ribbon Program applications are available in the Registrar's Office.
If you meet the above criteria, submit the following to apply:
*Students must forward their Certification of Eligibility (CoE) as soon as it becomes available. Funds will not be disbursed until the CoE is received by UWW's Veteran's Services Office.
If selected for the Yellow Ribbon Program at UWW, students will be funded each year as long at UWW continues to renew its agreement with the VA. UWW has the right to reduce awards or discontinue the program at the end of each academic year.
To remain in the Yellow Ribbon Program students must:
*Good academic standing is at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average
Yellow Ribbon Program contributions will not be adjusted after the last day to drop classes without a W assigned; this is typically the end of the second week of classes. Any costs accrued due to adding or dropping classes after that date will be the responsibility of the student. For additional information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, please see the GI Bill website.