b. The grant Aid for each hearing aid shall may not exceed $1,875 in any consecutive 48 24-month period.
c. A participant An applicant may obtain qualify for a grant to fund for an additional or more costly hearing aids and a related examination, if a licensed audiological health hearing care professional provider identifies, in writing, compelling a medical circumstances which have required this added condition that warrants additional financial assistance.
3. ‘Vision care aid.’ a. A grant for vision care shall may not exceed $400.00 in any consecutive 12-month period; however, a participant an applicant may obtain a grant for replacement glasses before 12 consecutive months have elapsed if the eyewear is prescribed because of a documented change in refractive error.
b. Vision care replacement. A participant An applicant may obtain a grant qualify for vision care aid for an additional visit to a licensed vision care provider and for a more costly set of corrective eyewear or for an additional set of corrective eyewear where if an optometrist or an ophthalmologist identifies, in writing, a compelling medical circumstance which has required this added condition that warrants additional financial assistance.
section 22. VA 2.02 (1g) is created to read:
VA 2.02 (1g) Authority and purpose. The purpose of ss. VA 2.02 to 2.05 is to establish rules for the implementation and administration of grants to veterans for tuition reimbursement and retraining, as authorized under ss. 45.20 and 45.21, Stats.
section 23. VA 2.02 (1) (intro.) is renumbered VA 2.02 (1r) (intro.) and amended to read:
VA 2.02 (1r) (intro.) Definitions. In this section ss. VA 2.02 to 2.05, the following terms shall have the designated meanings:
section 24. VA 2.02 (1) (a) is repealed.
section 25. VA 2.02 (1) (b), (c), and (d) are renumbered VA 2.02 (1r) (b), (c), and (d).
section 26. VA 2.02 (1) (e) is repealed.
section 27. VA 2.02 (2) (title) is amended to read:
VA 2.02 (2) (title) Reimbursement application Application.
section 28. VA 2.02 (2) is renumbered VA 2.02 (2) (a) and amended to read:
VA 2.02 (2) (a) An application shall be submitted electronically through an online portal or manually on a form approved by the department.
(b) It The application may be submitted through a county veterans service officer, through any other agent authorized by the department, or directly to the department, either manually or electronically.
(c) Applications shall be received by the department or an authorized agent no later than 60 days after the starting date of the course, term, or semester for which reimbursement is requested.
(d) Applications are considered received if all student information is completed and a physical or electronic date stamp is affixed to the application.
(e) The school veterans coordinator shall list the completion date of the semester, the cost of tuition, other assistance received or applied for by the applicant, the number of credits enrolled in during the semester, and the semester grade point average.
(f) Applications are considered complete when all required information has been provided and the completed application is submitted to the department manually or electronically.
(g) Completed applications submitted more than 60 days following after the last day of the course, term, or semester for which reimbursement is requested shall be denied unless good cause can be shown for the delay in submission.
section 29. VA 2.02 (2) (a) (Note) is created to read:
VA 2.02 (2) (a) (Note) Note: The Veterans Education Grant Application (form WDVA 2200) may be obtained at WisVets.com or by request: 1-800-WIS-VETS or 2135 Rimrock Road, PO Box 7843, Madison, WI 53707-7843.
section 30. VA 2.02 (2) (Note) is repealed.
section 31. VA 2.02 (3) (a) is amended to read:
VA 2.02 (3) (a) Undergraduate enrollment. Reimbursement may be made only if a representative of the educational institution, center, or school certifies that the veteran was enrolled as an undergraduate during the semester for which reimbursement is sought and that the veteran does not have an undergraduate degree.
section 32. VA 2.02 (3) (a) (Note) is repealed.
section 33. VA 2.02 (3) (c) is renumbered VA 2.02 (c) 1. and amended to read:
VA 2.02 (3) (c) Veterans benefits Eligibility. 1. A veteran may not receive reimbursement for any semester or course for which he or she the veteran is eligible for or received a grant under s. 321.40, Stats., or 10 USC 2007.
2. A veteran who fails to comply with the procedural requirements or maintain the requisite grade point average applicable to the grant or who takes any action which might that may disqualify him or her the veteran from receiving the applicable grant, is considered to still be eligible for the applicable grant for the purpose of determining whether he or she the veteran is entitled to reimbursement under this section for a subsequent semester.
section 34. VA 2.03 (1) (intro.), (d), and (g) are amended to read:
VA 2.03 (1) Definitions. (intro.) In this section the following terms shall have the designated meanings:
(d) “FAO" means a school’s financial aids aid officer.
(g) “Unearned income” means the estimated amount the veteran and spouse will receive during the academic year from VA USDVA educational assistance allowance (G.I. Bill) benefits, scholarships, fellowships, grants, tuition and fee waivers, all other definite awards other than loans, including amounts paid to the veteran or to the school on behalf of the veteran for vocational rehabilitation by the VA USDVA or any other agency, income from trusts or inheritances, unemployment compensation insurance benefits, worker’s compensation, social security payments, net rentals from real estate, interest or dividend income, or other unearned income, but does not include disability compensation paid to the veteran by the VA USDVA for service-connected disabilities, armed forces disability retirement pay, or parental contributions.
section 35. VA 2.03 (2) (b) is renumbered VA 2.03 (2) (b) 1. and amended to read:
VA 2.03 (2) (b) Amount of grant. 1. Applicants who qualify for a retraining grant under the provisions of this section and s. 45.21, Stats., are entitled to a grant equal to their need during the grant period or the statutory maximum grant, whichever is less. 2. Except as provided in par. (h), need shall be determined by deducting 75 percent of earned income and all unearned income to be received by the applicant during the grant period, available liquid assets in excess of $2,400 plus 6 months’ living expenses computed as set forth in s. VA 2.04 held by the applicant at the time of application and all other financial aid which that will be received by the applicant during the grant period from the amount needed during the grant period. 3. The amount needed will be the sum of the amount shown on the standard student budget described in s. VA 2.04 for the appropriate time period and for the appropriate number of family members plus any unusual expenses reported by the applicant.