Quality education at all levels.

If you’re looking to further your education post-military, Wisconsin is the place for you. We offer access to unparalleled education at all levels—with superior outcomes. Our technical colleges and four-year universities are among the best in the nation, and our extensive UW System has campuses in every corner of the state—so if you want to continue your education while living in a smaller community, you can. Wisconsin also offers top-notch veteran-specific tuition benefits for your entire family. And with some of the best schools in the country, high graduation rates and leading ACT scores, Wisconsin’s education system ensures your children will be just as ready as you are to take on the world.


Benefit Name Benefit Description
Academic Credit for Military Experience Service members, reservists, and veterans pursuing a college education may be able to obtain academic credit for military courses they have completed through the military. Public universities and technical colleges will accept the credit recommendation of the American Council on Education based on a veterans Joint Services Transcript or Community College of the Air Force transcript. Prior to enrollment, individuals should discuss possible credit with the Veterans’ Coordinator at the college or university they plan to attend; credit received may reduce attendance time and cost.
Vet Ed Reimbursement Grant ​​The Veterans Education (VetEd) grant program provides a reimbursement for tuition and fees to veterans who have not achieved a bachelor’s degree. The amount of reimbursement is based on the length of active duty military service. Coursework must be successfully completed at any public university or technical college, or approved private institution.
High School Diplomas Local School Boards may award a high school diploma to veterans who left high school before receiving a high school diploma to join the U.S. armed forces during a statutorily designated war period.
Department of Workforce Development The DWD advances Veterans into the workforce through targeted business engagement and effective employment services. Establish networks with employers who understand the value of Veterans and are committed to hiring those who have served our nation, and with Veterans who are prepared to enter the workforce.
Academy of Advanced Manufacturing An intensive 12 week, hands-on training program at Rockwell Automation’s headquarters. Upon successful completion, trainees receive career placement opportunities with a U.S. manufacturing employer and a wage potential starting around $50,000 per year.
Act2Tech The Alternative Careers in Teaching program is an individually tailored, alternative pathway to initial Wisconsin licensure as teacher for various grades and subject areas. The program is tailored to adult career-changers looking for an alternative path to licensure that is flexible, fast and convenient.
Hire a Hero An online social network to help the military community connect with caring volunteers, local events, and Military-friendly employers to better the chances for obtaining a dream job. Hire a Hero provides the platform for the general public to do more than just put a yellow ribbon on their car – a chance to actively say “thank you for your service” – while helping a hero network transition into a meaningful civilian career.
Troops to Teachers A U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Department of Defense sponsored program established to assist veterans and eligible members of the Selected Reserve gain teacher licensure in order to obtain employment as public school teachers.
Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX) Members of the military leaving active duty discharged under honorable conditions unable to find employment may be eligible for UCX. Application for Unemployment Insurance, including UCX, is made by telephone.
Veterans in Piping The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Sprinklerfitters (UA) has partnered with the U.S. military to create the UA Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program, which provides returning vets with 16 weeks of accelerated welding training.
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative WWBIC is a leading innovative statewide economic development corporation “Putting Dreams to Work” that focuses on individuals who face barriers in accessing traditional financing or resources in pursuit of their dreams and economic well-being. WWBIC provides targeted individuals interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses with access to vital resources and tools such as quality financial and business education and responsible financial products.
Veterans Upward Bound Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a federally funded TRIO Program (U.S. Department of Education) designed to help qualified military veterans become college-ready and enroll in a postsecondary school (university, community college, and vocational/technical programs).
Combat to Construction Sponsored by Operating Engineers Local 139, the Combat to Construction program helps veterans, returning veterans, reservists, and National Guard members obtain the basic skills needed to operate heavy equipment.
GI Bill Benefits & Registered Apprenticeship Programs / OJT Registered apprenticeships constitute qualified training for a veteran to receive benefits under Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill and Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation.
GI Bill Full Tuition & Fees The Wisconsin GI Bill covers 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 University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System school​.


13 Four-Year Universities

The University of Wisconsin system is one of the largest in the country, with four-year institutions located throughout the entire state.

500+ Technical Degree Programs

Wisconsin is home to 16 technical colleges, offering many degrees that lead to a rewarding career.

2 of the Top Colleges for Veterans

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and University of Wisconsin – Whitewater are ranked as two of the top colleges in the nation for veterans.

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Our residents are some of the happiest and most ambitious people in the nation—but don’t just take our word for it. Take theirs.

“We have so many great things going on in Wisconsin, whether it’s the offerings to veterans and their families, the amazing scenery, the awesome events taking place almost every weekend, our great education system or just having such a strong support system.”


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