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Veteran Education Benefits

Gateway Technical College works in cooperation with state, federal and county Veterans’ Affairs offices to certify veterans and qualified dependents who wish to enroll at the College in an approved program. The certification process informs the Veterans Administration of a veteran's enrollment in the College, begin and end dates, and number of credits being taken. Certification must be completed for veterans to receive their monthly benefits.

Students receiving both Veteran Education benefits (VA) and financial aid will have their financial aid disbursed in accordance with the Census Date. More information can be found about the Census Date at www.gtc.edu/financial-aid

If you make changes to your schedule after the Census Date, such as adding or dropping classes, there will be a delay in the processing of your Veteran Education benefits. You are responsible for your student account balance if your Federal Financial Aid benefits and/or Veteran Education benefits do not cover the total cost of tuition.

VA benefits refund schedule can be found at www.gtc.edu/student-services/bursar/veteran-benefit-refunds

NEW WI GI REQUIREMENT & HOW IT COULD IMPACT YOUR BENEFITS

What is the change?

Effective January, 2014, any student using the Wisconsin GI Bill (WI GI), whether it be the veteran, the spouse, or the child of a veteran, must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher in order to remain eligible for the Wisconsin GI Bill benefits. Should a student using the WI GI have a cumulative GPA that falls below the threshold of 2.0 at the end of a term, the student may still enroll the following term; however, they will not be able to use the WI GI at that time. Should the student get the cumulative GPA back to a 2.0 or higher at the end of the term in which they did not receive benefits, the student will be re-certified for the subsequent term by the institution/school.

How does this affect you?

As a courtesy to our Veterans who are currently receiving WI GI benefits, Gateway will be applying a temporary hold on classes for our continuing veterans until January 3, 2014.  All WI GI Vets that do not have a minimum 2.0 Cumulative GPA from Fall 2013 term will need to have a payment option in place by end of the business day on January 3, 2014, or will be dropped from all classes.

What are your payment options if you do not meet the minimum 2.0 Cumulative GPA?

For a list of payment options please visit the Gateway website at https://www.gtc.edu/student-services/bursar/payment-options.

NEW VA-EDUCATION BENEFIT REQUEST FORM (VA-EBRF)

What is the change?

Students wanting to use benefits will now use an electronic form.  In addition, all WI GI Bill recipients will now be required to complete the VA-EBRF.

Will we still accept paper forms?

Until February 1, 2014 students can use a paper form or submit the electronic version for the 2014 Spring semester.  Starting intake for 2014 Summer semester, we will move to electronic only.

Links to the electronic and paper versions of the form can be found at www.gtc.edu/forms under "Registrar Forms".

For further information please contact 1-800-247-7122 and ask to speak with a Gateway Student Finance Specialist or email financialaidoffice@gtc.edu.