Veteran Education Policies

View the Veterans Education Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Students Called for Military Service

This policy applies to students who are called to active U.S. military service while attending classes. This includes students that are temporarily activated for duty (including annual and/or monthly training), students that are being mobilized or deployed for an extended period of time, or that are being reassigned or transferred permanently.  

  1. If a student who is a member of a national guard or a member of a reserve unit of the U.S. armed forces withdraws from school after September 11, 2001, because he or she is called into state active duty or into active service with the U.S. armed forces, Gateway Technical College shall do the following: 
    1. Ensure that the student is provided a reasonable opportunity to complete final coursework for all courses in which the scheduled end date of the course is not more than 30 days after the date of the order calling the student into active duty or service
      1. The student is required to contact their instructor to get permission to receive an incomplete
        1. Student and instructor should work together to determine an appropriate extension based on the class time missed due to leave, and the required paperwork to be completed
      2. There may be situations where Gateway Technical College will be unable to offer the incomplete/extension option (ex. Clinical or labs, nature of course content missed, or length of ordered leave).  In these circumstances, the student would be eligible for option b (below).  
    2. At the student’s request, do the following for all courses from which the student is unable to complete due to their military leave:
      1. Remove 100% of tuition andurses and delete the courses from the students record
      2. Give the student the same priority in registering for courses that the student would have had if he or she had registered for courses at the beginning of the registration period. 
  2. The Student Accounts Department Military & Veterans Education Benefit staff are responsible for presenting the student with the options available for each course (e.g. incomplete grade, deletion)
    1. Students are not required to use the same option for all of their courses
    2. Staff will also ensure the student understands the potential impact on their benefits and other funding

Veterans and Service Members Priority Registration

  • In compliance with Wisconsin Act AB201, Gateway Technical College offers eligible Veterans and Service Members the opportunity to receive priority course enrollment dates assigned by admission status. This priority applies to service members who have served or are currently serving on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces. Priority enrollment does not extend to spouses or dependents.
  • Service members interested in priority enrollment must submit eligible documents verifying service member status to Gateway's Veteran Services Office. Once initial eligibility for priority registration has been established, students will be assigned a priority enrollment appointment based on their admission status.
  • Visit the Priority Registration page for more information. 

In-State Tuition Fees for Veterans and their Family Members

2015 Wisconsin Act 21-AN ACT to amend 38.24 (3) (a); and to create 38.24 (3m) of the statutes; relating to: charging resident fees to nonresident veterans and their family members attending the Wisconsin Technical College System:

  • A veteran living in this state, regardless of whether the veteran is a resident, if the veteran was discharged or released from at least 90 days of active service within the three years before the date of enrollment in the technical college; and
  • The veteran's spouse or child, living in this state, who is eligible for certain federal benefits by virtue of his or her relationship to the veteran. Act 21 further provides that an individual who is enrolled in a technical college and has been charged resident fees under its provisions on the date that begins the third year after the qualifying veteran was discharged or released from service shall continue to be charged resident fees for as long as the individual maintains continuous enrollment at the college.
  • All students that meet the criteria listed above are required to have an approved Residency Verification Form on file prior to the start of the semester.

In-State Tuition Rates for Members of Armed Forces on Active Duty, Spouses, and Dependents

  • Nonresident members of the armed forces and persons engaged in alternative service who are stationed in Wisconsin on active duty, and their spouses and dependents, are entitled to in-state tuition rates during the period that such persons are stationed in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Statute 36.27(2)(b))
  • All students that meet the criteria listed above are required to have an approved Residency Verification Form on file prior to the start of the semester.

No penalties for students receiving Military related Education Benefits

  • This policy applies to any veteran, service member, or their spouses and dependents using any of the following education benefits:
    • Wisconsin GI Bill (WI GI Bill)
    • Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)
    • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30)
    • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
    • Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31) (formerly Vocational Rehabilitation)
    • Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
    • Federal Tuition Assistance
    • MyCAA
    • Veterans Education Grant
    • National Guard Tuition Grant

GI Bill

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. Government Website.

  • Effective 08/01/2019: Any student receiving any benefit listed above will be given an additional semester to pay outstanding balances without penalty (as long as they are receiving their benefit for the term in question). Any remaining balance due at the end of the term will be excluded from being sent to collections. If the student still has a balance remaining at the end of the following term at Gateway, that balance would then be subject to the normal collections process at that time and would be subject to collections fees.
  • Effective 08/01/2019: Any student receiving any benefit listed above for a semester that are also on Gateway’s Payment Plan will be excluded from all payment plan late fees.