Veteran Benefits for Independent Learning Students
If you are currently serving in the U.S. military, or are a U.S. military veteran, there are both state and federal programs available to help you meet your educational goals through the Independent Learning program. You can take advantage of a variety of educational benefits offered through your military branch.
To learn more about your specific benefits, we recommend that you contact your local county veteran’s service office. An overview of the types of benefits that you can use for Independent Learning courses is provided below.
To enroll in an Independent Learning course using Military Benefits:
- Review the current Independent Learning Course Catalog and identify the course you’d like to enroll in. Click “Add to Cart” and proceed to checkout to pre-register.
- When you reach the Payment Options screen, choose the “mail/fax/phone/purchase order” option and indicate “Military Benefits” and select either “Federal Benefits” or “WI State Benefits” depending on which benefit you intend to use and proceed to “Submit Registration.”
- Once you pre-register for the course you will receive an automated confirmation email from Independent Learning letting you know we received your pre-registration with follow up instructions for securing and submitting required documentation.
- Once we receive and review all of your documents we will reach out with information regarding any balance due on your account and how to provide payment for them. notify you amount of your balance due. Once your payment is received you may begin your courses.
Post 9/11 GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill
Veterans wishing to use education benefits under either the Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill for an Independent Learning course must be concurrently registered at a degree-granting institution. Written permission from that institution indicating that the Independent Learning course will be applied toward degree requirements must be submitted to the Independent Learning veterans certifying official. Only undergraduate-credit Independent Learning courses are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans receiving benefits under the Vocational Rehabilitation program (Chapter 31) may receive approval for Independent Learning courses. For more information, contact your Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, who is assigned by your county VA office.For more information about veterans’ educational benefits, go online to https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or call 888-GIBill-1 (442-4551).
*Since Independent Learning does not grant degrees, you need to be currently enrolled at an accredited institution to be eligible to use your federal benefits.
Wisconsin educational benefits may be obtained by veterans who meet military service and state residency requirements set by the state legislature. Some benefits for which veterans may be eligible include those specified in the Wisconsin GI Bill and the Veterans Education Grant (VetEd).
*Wisconsin state law requires eligible students to access their federal Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits before accessing the Wisconsin GI Bill benefits.