Veteran Education Policies

View the Veterans Education Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Students Called for Military Service

  • Students called for active service in the armed forces of the United States or who are requested to work for the Federal government during a national emergency will receive a 100% refund of all tuition and fees (as allowed for under Section 10.08 of Chapter TCS 10, "special circumstances involving unforeseen hardship").
  • Students called for active service in the armed forces of the United States or who are requested to work for the Federal government during a national emergency will receive priority readmission and service members who perform service whether voluntary or involuntary, for a period of more than 30 consecutive days under a call or order to active duty of more than 30 consecutive days will be promptly readmitted to the institution with the same academic status as long as they meet the following conditions:
    • The institution was given notice of the service member's absence for service.
    • The cumulative length of absences from the institution by reason of service does not exceed five years.
    • The service member gave notice of his or her intent to return no later than three years after the completion of the period of service (for a service member who is hospitalized for or convalescing from an illness or injury incurred in or aggravated during the performance of service, notice must be provided no later than 2 years after the end of the period necessary for recovery).
  • Students shall not be penalized for class absence due to all unavoidable or legitimate required military obligations not to exceed two (2) weeks. 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.
  • Students that have unavoidable or legitimate required military obligations that exceed (2) weeks but are less than 30 days should seek special permission from the instructor to complete course work or withdraw (as allowed for under Section 10.08 of Chapter TCS 10, "Special circumstances involving unforeseen hardship").
  • 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.

(Section 484C of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, or 20 U.S.C. 1091c & Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) (38 U.S.C. 4301-4334)

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 Western's Veteran Services Office. Once initial eligibility for priority registration at Western has been established, students will be assigned a priority enrollment appointment based on their admission status.
  • isit 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.
  • ll 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)
    • VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)
    • 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.