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Financial Aid

College is a new and exciting time in your life. At ABAC, we try to make a top-notch education as accessible and affordable as possible. We provide opportunities for scholarships and grants to allow more students to get the education they are seeking.

The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) serves as an institutional support function of the College to assist in the College’s pursuit of its mission of instruction and outreach. OFA provides students, parents, and other constituencies with an effective and efficient service with which to conduct their financial affairs with the College.

Our Top Three Tips

The process of applying for financial aid can be simplified by following our Top Three Tips:

  1. Be sure your financial aid applications are error-free.
  2. Read applications carefully and respond to the questions asked as thoroughly as possible.
  3. Pay careful attention to all communications you receive from our office.

Following the additional Financial Aid/FAFSA Tips to the right will help ensure that you avoid the most common mistakes and you receive an award letter in a timely manner.

Also, be sure to visit the Student Accounts website to familiarize yourself with payment deadlines and ways to pay.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). ABAC School Code: 001541
  2. Submit any requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid immediately upon request to expedite the financial awarding process.
  3. The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now available for student enrolling for Fall 2024 through Summer 2025. (Students enrolling for Summer 2024 will need to complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA, as well. Please visit to access the 2023-2024 FAFSA).

Let’s get started.  Click on the link that applies to you.

Policies and Maintaining Aid Eligibility

Federal regulations require that students meet basic academic progress standards to receive federal financial aid. Each school sets its own policies within the federal guidelines.

Deadlines for SAP Appeal Submission

Spring 2024

  • 1st Deadline – December 8, 2023
  • 2nd Deadline – January 12, 2024

Summer 2024

  • 1st Deadline – May 6, 2024
  • 2nd Deadline – June 3, 2024

NOTE:  Please be advised that appeals are not guaranteed.  Schedules are not held while waiting on appeal decisions. There is the option to set up a Payment Plan to secure your schedule. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts for more details regarding the Payment Plan option at or visit their web page.


Standards of Academic Progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress requires students receiving federal financial aid to make satisfactory academic progress. As a result, institutions of higher education are mandated to establish minimum standards of “satisfactory progress” for students in accordance with these regulations. These regulations apply to all terms of enrollment, whether or not aid was awarded or received. The College makes these standards applicable to all institutionally-awarded Federal and State funds for the purpose of maintaining a consistent policy for all students receiving assistance.


To Whom the Policy Applies:

First Semester Recipients
To receive Federal financial assistance for the first time, each eligible person will have met the admission and financial aid requirements of the college.

Continuing Recipients
Students will be expected to achieve certain minimum levels of progress toward the successful academic completion of course requirements for a degree or certificate. Progress toward the credential is measured both quantitatively and qualitatively. There is also a maximum allowable time frame for completion of the credential.

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress, mandated institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of “satisfactory progress” for students receiving financial aid. The College makes these standards applicable to all institutionally-awarded Federal and State funds to include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Grants, Federal Work-Study, Work Incentive for Student Education (WISE), HOPE Scholarships, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Student Loans, and  Federal Parent Loans (PLUS) to Undergraduate Students, for the purpose of maintaining a consistent policy for all students receiving assistance. Satisfactory Academic Progress must be maintained by meeting three component standards, GPA Rule, Successful Completion Rule and the Maximum Time Frame Rule.

GPA Rule
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Successful Completion
Students must successfully complete a minimum of two-thirds of the cumulative credit hours attempted. Satisfactory completion is defined as a letter grade of A, B, C, D, S, or IP. Unsatisfactory completion is defined as a letter grade of F, I, U, W, or WF. Attempted hours include all courses that have been transferred, withdrawn, and those that are unsuccessfully completed. Developmental/remedial courses, repeated courses and transfer courses are included in the calculation of successful completion.

Maximum Time-Frame
Federal regulations limit receipt of federal financial aid to no more than 150% of the course work required for any particular degree or certificate.

Program Requirement Maximum Attempted Credits
30 45
60 90
120 180

CLEP TESTS: If credit is earned, the results are recorded by course, course number, and semester hours earned. Successful CLEP tests are credited toward graduation but do not carry grades or quality points. As a result, a successfully completed test will counted in the maximum timeframe to complete a program but not in the GPA or successful completion calculation.

The Office of Student Financial Services will evaluate satisfactory academic progress at the end of each term. All credit hours are measured whether the student received financial aid or not to pay for those credits. A student who is attending school part-time is evaluated in the same way as a full time student, unless otherwise noted above. Students will not receive credit hours earned for courses that are audits. Withdrawals and incompletes are counted as attempted courses and these grades will negatively affect a students’ satisfactory academic progress.

All Communications regarding satisfactory academic progress will be sent via email to the ABAC email address after all grades have been posted and the evaluations complete. The status is also posted in the Financial Aid Status section of the student’s Banner account. In addition, letters are sent via the US Postal Service when students have utilized the appeal process.

Students with mitigating circumstances may appeal such decisions in writing. All students must complete the Satisfactory Academic Appeals Form and submit all of the documentation requested on the form. Failure to supply all of the requested documentation by the appeal deadline will result in a continued suspension until the next appeal deadline for a future semester. All appeals should be forwarded to the Office of Student Financial Services by the published deadline date and will be reviewed by the Student Financial Aid Committee.

MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES are defined as unanticipated and unavoidable events or situations beyond a student’s control that prevent him or her from successfully meeting the standards of academic progress.

If an appeal is granted, Students are expected to adhere to all the stipulations set forth in the reinstatement letter as well as any academic plans that are required for the student to regain compliance with the standards as outlined above. Students who regain eligibility and subsequently fail to maintain progress or fail to abide by the stipulations for reinstatement are no longer eligible for appeal.

If the appeal is denied, the student will need to enroll using their own resources until they are in compliance with the measures of academic progress for financial aid.

Levels of Appeal
Students who believe they have received inadequate consideration based on the measures outlined in number 3 below may appeal to the Vice President of Fiscal Affairs and the Dean of Academic Affairs.
• Financial Aid Office: Students may submit a written appeal, including any appropriate third-party documentation of the circumstances. Students are encouraged to present at least one letter of support from their academic advisor or a faculty member familiar with their situation. A financial aid counselor will notify students in writing of a decision within two weeks of submission of all requested documents. The financial aid counselor reviewing the file reserves the right to advise students as to their course load and the possible need for counseling and/or academic advisement. The Financial Aid Office will hear only one appeal per student per circumstance.
• Director of Financial Aid: Students who have had their initial appeal denied by a counselor may request a meeting with the Director of Financial Aid to present additional information that may not have been included in the initial appeal. The Director will inform such students in person and/or in writing of the appeal decision. The Director will read only one appeal per student per circumstance.
• Student Financial Aid Appeals Committee: Students who have been denied by both a counselor and the Director of Financial Aid are eligible to appeal to the Student Financial Aid Appeals Committee if they can reasonably show that one of the following has occurred:
o The student has not received due process.
o The student is the object of discrimination.
o The student has not been treated in an equitable manner.
o The decision of the Financial Aid Counselor or Director of Financial Aid was arbitrary and capricious.

The Financial Aid Warning Status is used for students who are not meeting the Overall GPA or two-thirds completion requirement for the first time. It is also used for students not meeting the 150% time frame requirement but are within one term of graduation. Student who are placed on Financial Aid Warning are not required to appeal. This is an automatic grace period that is granted that allows students one term to meet the Standards of Academic Progress.

A student cannot be placed on warning for successive periods.

All students who have been reinstated to financial aid through appeal are reinstated on a provisional basis. Any student who is reinstated on provisional/probationary status and is expected to meet the Standards of Academic Progress after one term of attendance will not require an academic plan. Students who are reinstated on provisional/probationary status and are not expected to meet the Standards of Academic Progress after one term of attendance will require an academic plan. A provisional/probationary student for purposes of financial aid, will continue to be eligible for financial aid as long as they adhere to the reinstatement conditions and academic plan as outlined in their agreement.

The purpose of the academic plan is to ensure the student meets the standards of progress within a specified time period or is able to successfully complete a program of study successfully within a specific time frame.

The Office of Student Financial Services awards aid on a first-come first-serve basis. Students who have their financial aid awards cancelled for failure to meet the standards of academic progress should be aware that, receipt of originally awarded funds following reinstatement depends upon whether those funds have been awarded to other students and are available.

In order to maintain eligibility for the HOPE scholarship, degree-seeking HOPE scholars have the following ADDITIONAL GPA requirements, as set forth by the State of Georgia: Such students will be required to demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 when they have attempted 30, 60, and 90 hours.

Nursing students should be aware that there are additional requirements that must be met for the successful completion or entry into the program. It is advised that you meet with your adviser to ensure you are on track for successful completion of the program.

Note: All nursing and pre-nursing students who transfer credit to Abraham Baldwin must also be in compliance with the GPA, Successful Completion and Time frame Rules at the time of admission.

Developmental credits will be added to the number of credit hours needed for degree completion and evaluated as stated above.

English as a Second Language courses are not required for degree completion and therefore do not increase the maximum time frame for program completion.

The list below outlines the number of degrees students are able to obtain while at ABAC. However, you should be aware that you may violate the maximum time frame rule and become ineligible for financial aid if you are unable to complete the subsequent program of study with an additional term of study.
• Multiple B.A. and B.S. degrees
• Multiple B.A.S. degrees
• One A.A. degree
• One A.S. degree
• Multiple A.A.S. degrees
• Multiple certificate

In compliance with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137), the following is the Code of Conduct regarding student loans for the Office of Financial Aid at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Ready to complete your outstanding Financial Aid Tasks online with secure document upload from any device and e-sign capabilities? So are we!

ABAC’s Office of Financial Aid has a new easy, mobile, personalized process that makes everything about navigating the financial aid verification process easier.

Students selected for verification by the Department of Education can:

  • Complete financial aid forms on your phone, tablet, or computer.
  • Securely upload documents from any device.
  • E-sign documents—both you and your parents.
  • Manage your financial aid tasks online.
  • Receive automated reminders via email and text messaging about outstanding tasks and next steps.

For the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility for federal student aid, you must complete the verification process, if selected. Watch your email for instructions on how to create your account.

Explanation of Documents
Learn More About Documents

The ABAC Office of Financial Aid may request documents from students to complete verification. ABAC has partnered with the School Servicing Center to handle most standard verifications. However, our office will still resolve V4 verifications (statement of identity), C flags on the ISIR, and special circumstances. Below you will find a link to a list of the documents that are most commonly requested by the Office of Financial Aid and instructions on what you need to provide.

Submit Forms

To upload financial aid paperwork directly to the Office of Financial Aid through Dynamic Forms, please select the link below:

InsideABAC - Financial Aid

InsideABAC is ABAC’s new intranet site providing students and employees access to internal communications and information.  Users must log in using email credentials to access documents in InsideABAC.

InsideABAC – Financial Aid  includes information on:

  • Applying for Financial Aid
  • Accepting Financial Aid in Banner
  • Key Contacts for Financial Aid

InsideABAC – Financial Aid

Financial Aid Videos and Tips

Have questions about financial aid.  Learn about financial aid through numerous short videos at at Financial Aid TV Browse by category (future student, current student, parent or alumni)  or by subject.

Be sure to…

  • Always use your correct name and social security number.
  • Complete the FAFSA based on accurate information.
  • Report education tax credits.
  • Report tax-deferred contributions to your pension and retirement savings.
  • Answer the FAFSA gender question.
  • Report the number of family members enrolled in college.
  • Accurately report business and/or investment farm value.
  • Review your FAFSA Student Aid Report.
  • Sign your FAFSA.
  • Pay attention to emails you receive from our office.

Financial Aid Office

Phone: 229.391.4910

FAX: 229.391.4871


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