The University of Wisconsin–Madison assists eligible veterans, active duty service personnel, disabled veterans, reservists, National Guard Members, and dependents with state and federal education benefit programs.
We welcome applications from veterans and military personnel and currently have more than 400 student veterans receiving education benefits at UW–Madison.
All veteran applicants must submit a complete application for admission. The application review process parallels that of other first-year and transfer applicants. Ultimately, student veterans are expected to cover required course work at a level of achievement similar to that noted on our general first-year and transfer admission requirements and expectations webpages.
Applicants can also contact the University Veteran Services in the Registrar’s Office to receive assistance with questions and paperwork. This is where you enroll for your GI Bill® education benefits. Please note: Students must be admitted to the university in order to qualify for veteran education benefits.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison thanks you for your service and in many cases can award transfer credit for education you received while in the military. Evaluation of transfer credit adheres to the guidelines in the Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit developed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the American Council on Education (ACE). Transfer credit may include direct course equivalencies and/or departmental electives for work that is similar in nature, level, and content to a course in our undergraduate curriculum. However, the majority of military credit will transfer as general electives and may not reduce your time to degree. A large number of general electives could negatively impact your financial aid eligibility and your admission to competitive programs with credit limits.
- Joint Services Transcript (JST): Associate or baccalaureate level academic credit from the JST will be awarded based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations and on the nature, level, and content as compared to a course in UW–Madison’s undergraduate curriculum. To have your credits reviewed, please request an official copy of your Joint Services Transcript be sent to UW–Madison.
- Community College of the Air Force (CCAF): Associate or baccalaureate level academic credit from the CCAF transcript will be awarded based on the nature, level, and content as compared to a course in UW–Madison’s undergraduate curriculum.
- Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC): Up to 16 credits will be awarded for sequential course work in a world language. Language courses of an applied or functional nature will not receive credit.
- College-Level Examination Program (CLEP): Credit is granted for an exam score of 65 if the examination was taken before the student completed 16 semester hours of college credit (review our CLEP Credit Guide for more details).
- DANTES Standardized Subject Tests (DSST): We do not award transfer credit for DSSTs.