VA & Sponsored Billing
Veterans Educational Benefits
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is approved for the educational training of veterans and certain eligible spouses and dependents of veterans. The institution serves only as a source of certification and information to the Veterans Administration as all financial transactions and eligibility determinations are handled directly between the student and the VA. Veterans and other eligible persons interested in obtaining educational benefits must meet all applicable requirements for admission. Any questions regarding the eligibility of a veteran or dependent can be answered by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-GIBILL1. The Veterans Certifying Official is located in the Office of Student Financial Services on the second floor of the J. Lamar Branch Student Center.
Certifications of VA Benefits
When registering for classes, keep in mind that the VA will not pay for any classes that do not count toward your major. Be aware that the VA periodically checks all applicants to ensure that the courses being taken are relevant to the student’s declared major. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to register for the correct courses and report changes before incurring an overpayment or possibly an underpayment. VA regulations prohibit payment for repeated courses (“A” through “D” grades) or for courses that are not required for your approved degree/program.
Certification can only begin after you have submitted the Veterans’ Benefits form and upon receipt of all required documents. Veterans will only be certified for courses that are required for an approved degree/program. Each student is advised to obtain a copy of their curriculum sheet and refer to it prior to each registration. VA takes 6 – 8 weeks to process an enrollment certification.
Certifications are completed as soon after drop/add as possible. However, due to the processing times at the institution and at VA, payment of benefits at the start of the semester is often delayed. Please plan accordingly. Students who receive educational benefits should notify the Veterans Certifying Official when a class is dropped/added/withdrawn or when a change of major occurs.
Monthly attendance verification for Chapter 30, 1606, & 1607 only
There are two ways to submit verification:
Call the toll free number at 1-877-823-2378 or go to www.gibill.va.gov and certify by going to W.A.V.E.
If an approved company or organization will be responsible for paying all or part of a student’s term charges, this is called a Third Party Billing arrangement. ABAC requires a “Billing Authorization” from the company or organization in order to set up a Third Party Contract. The Billing Authorization must include:
The Billing Authorization must be received by the Customer Service Representative in the Student Financial Services Office by the fee payment deadline. The Authorization may be faxed to (229) 391-4911 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive by the fee payment deadline; however, an original must follow in the mail. Authorizations should be mailed to the address listed below:
2802 Moore Highway
Important Points to Remember:
Examples of Third Party Companies/Organizations: