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Neighbor Waiver Eliminates Out-of-State Tuition for AL, FL and SC Students

All waivers for Fall 2017 will be applied by July 28, 2017.

Residents of Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina, are eligible for one of our new ABAC Neighbor Waivers.  Eligible students can attend ABAC at the same tuition rate as an in-state student.  That’s right, NO OUT OF STATE TUITION CHARGES!   You save $4,028 each semester (based on full time enrollment for 2014-15).  Over four years, that’s a savings of over $30,000!

A Neighbor Waiver is a form of out-of-state tuition waiver that allows certain students from Alabama, Florida and South Carolina to attend ABAC without paying out-of-state tuition.

Documentation Needed

There are three parts to the Neighbor Waiver process.

1) The student must live in on campus housing.  To apply for housing, please click on the following link – http://www.abac.edu/student-life/housing-why-live-on-campus/apply-today/.

2) The student must prove lawful presence.  To prove this the student would complete a FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov.  If you do not plan on completing a FAFSA, then you may submit one of the following documents to satisfy lawful presence:

  • A certified U.S. birth certificate showing that you were born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory.  A photocopy cannot be accepted.  Please note that http://www.vitalcheck.com provides instructions for ordering a certified U.S. birth certificate.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS from N-550 or N-570)
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-570 or N-561)
  • A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
  • A current U.S. Passport.
  • A current military ID (service member only, not dependent)
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)

3) The student must prove state residency.

If the student has recently graduated from high school, then their official high school transcript will satisfy state residency.  If not, please see below.

To prove state residency for Florida, the student would provide a copy of their vehicle registration (see example below).  The Expires field on the registration would still need to be in date and the Plate Issued date would need to be at least 12 months prior to the day submitted.

Sample VR - Florida

If the registration is not in your name, we can still accept it.  If it is in your parent’s name, you would also need to submit an official copy of your birth certificate to prove the relationship, along with an ABAC Neighbor Waiver Petition Form. (Please only complete Petition if requested.)

To prove state residency for Alabama or South Carolina, the student would provide a copy of their state taxes for the last two years.  This could be the student’s individual state taxes or their parents state taxes showing the student claimed as a dependent.

These items can be scanned to studentaccounts@abac.edu or you can fax them to us at 229-391-5240.

Once all of these categories have been satisfied, we can review your account for eligibility for the ABAC Neighbor Waiver.  Once a Neighbor Waiver is awarded no further documentation is required as long as the student maintains an overall 2.0 GPA, resides in on-campus housing  and is consistently enrolled for Fall and Spring semesters until they graduate.

Neighbor Waiver Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Neighbor Waiver?
A Neighbor Waiver is a form of out-of-state tuition waiver that allows certain students from Alabama, Florida and South Carolina to attend ABAC without paying out-of-state tuition.

Who can get a Neighbor Waiver?
All regularly-admitted students entering ABAC for the first time during fall semester 2015 who can prove that they are in the U.S. lawfully and whose parents, or legal guardians, were domociled in Alabama, Florida or South Carolina for the 12 months preceding the first day of classes.  Eligible students must also reside in on-campus housing.

What should a new student do to obtain a Neighbor Waiver?
New, incoming students (for fall 2015) who have questions about Neighbor Waivers should contact the Admissions Office or the ABAC website.  However, all eligible incoming  students will automatically receive the Neighbor Waiver.  Their fall semester 2015 bills should reflect the Neighbor Waiver.

Can students who are already enrolled at ABAC receive Neighbor Waivers?
Yes.  Students who can prove legal residence in Alabama, Florida or South Carolina and who are in good academic standing (have an overall GPA > 2.0) are eligible for a Neighbor Waiver.  Eligible students must also reside in on-campus housing.

Once a student has been awarded a Neighbor Waiver, what must they do to continue receiving the waiver?
The student must be consistently enrolled for Fall and Spring semesters until they graduate, reside in on-campus housing and maintain a 2.0 overall GPA.

Do Neighbor Waivers have any impact on students from Georgia?
No.  Neighbor Waivers simply allow students from Alabama, Florida and South Carolina to attend ABAC at in-state tuition rate.

How can I obtain more information about Neighbor Waivers?
Contact Jessica Swords, Director of Student Accounts.