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Veterans Affairs

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The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Office of Student Accounts serves as a liaison between the school and the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding VA Education Benefits.  Our goal in serving VA students is to certify the enrollment of students using VA Education Benefits to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  All eligibility for education benefits is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs and not Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

  • ABAC—Office of Student Accounts
    2802 Moore Hwy ABAC 42
    Tifton, GA 31793
    Located in J. Lamar Branch Hall for education benefits
  • Phone Number 229-391-4924
  • Fax Number 229-391-5240
  • vets@abac.edu
  • Jessica Swords – Veterans Affairs Certifying Official
  • jswords@abac.edu

ABAC & VA  Forms

Questions about the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other programs:

The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. Many Veterans and Active Duty personnel can qualify for more than one education benefits program. To find out which benefit you may qualify for, please follow the link below:

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What are E-Benefits?

E-Benefits is a portal; a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and manage their benefits and personal information.

E-Benefits offerings relative to you as the student

  • Apply for education benefits
  • View status of your education benefits

To access the E-Benefits portal, please follow the link below:

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What is College Navigator?

College Navigator consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Here you can search for and compare colleges on all sorts of criteria including costs, majors offered, size of the school, campus safety, and graduation rates. To access the College Navigator, please follow the link below:

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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.