Educational opportunities

Your future
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The Wisconsin GI Bill is one of the most comprehensive education reimbursement programs for veterans (and their spouses and children) in the country.

Most importantly, you don’t have to be born here or have lived here before you entered military service. Eligibility is based on being EITHER:

A Wisconsin resident at the time of entry into active military service.


A Wisconsin resident for at least five consecutive years preceding the beginning of any semester or session for which he or she registers at a qualifying institution.

Additionally, if you have a service-connected disability of 30% or greater as rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, your spouse and dependents may also be eligible for the Wisconsin GI Bill. Learn more about the Wisconsin GI Bill and other Veteran Education Programs available in the state:

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"Between NWTC and UWGB, my husband and I, we both have our G.I. Bill, so we thought we'd both go back to school. Both of them have veterans' offices, so it was easy to just call and say 'hey, I think I want to use my G.I. Bill, how do I do that?' And there was always someone ready, willing and able to answer our questions."
Michelle Bonkowski

For help with understanding or accessing your education benefits (or any other questions about transitioning to civilian life), contact Mission Wisconsin.

Local opportunities

Greater Green Bay is home to three universities and an outstanding technical college. Pursuing a degree or continuing your education to gain additional expertise can be incredibly convenient with so many options close to home. Learn more about local opportunities for education and training by exploring the programs below:

Concordia University

Considered a yellow ribbon school, Concordia University accepts up to 63 credits from one’s military service as a part of the 84 total credits transferrable to a Bachelor’s degree. MBA and other Master’s programs available. All Federal and WI State VA education programs can be used at Concordia. Adult-friendly accelerated courses are offered one night a week in person in Green Bay, virtually or online.

St. Norbert College

Founded in 1898, St. Norbert College (SNC) is a top-ranked Catholic liberal arts college. Explore the undergraduate majors and graduate programs offered on a vibrant residential campus in De Pere. SNC accepts Federal VA educational benefits for tuition and fees; this includes the post-9/11 GI bill as well as Yellow Ribbon benefits. SNC will also submit Wisconsin National Guard tuition grant applications for students serving in the Wisconsin National Guard. Helpful staff provide specialized service to members of the various branches of military service, veterans and their eligible dependents. Contact registrar@snc.edu or 920-403-3949 for more information.

Learn more about our Veteran and Military Affiliated student benefits here.

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

As a future student at UW-Green Bay, please visit our Admissions page for application information and to learn more about what UW-Green Bay has to offer! Be sure to visit our beautiful campus, request additional information and contact our friendly admissions staff to get all your questions answered. Call Admissions at 920-465-2111 or email uwgb@uwgb.edu. If you need assistance accessing military or veteran education benefits, please contact Elaina Koltz (koltze@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2065) or Jamee Haslam (haslamj@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2075). Elaina and Jamee are School Certifying Officials and Financial Aid Senior Advisors.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)

To learn more, please visit NWTC Veterans Services.

Image courtesy of Kelly Jones.
"Myself as a veteran, you may not feel like college is right--you're going to have those niche people. And having that veteran area that you can go to that is veteran-only, and you have your like-minded people is really important. I think that the start of a transition for anybody."
Kelly Jones