Tuition and Fee Waivers

ABOUT Tuition and Fee Waivers

Waivers are granted only after required documentation to validate waiver eligibility from the requester and notification from the Office of Student Accounts. All waiver requests are evaluated according to Georgia laws, Board of Regents policy, and ABAC policy.

The Office of Student Accounts maintains the list of approved waiver types, eligibility requirements, and notification of approval of the various waivers.

Because ABAC is a state-funded institution, students must show proof of residency to qualify for in-state tuition. Students who are legal residents of Georgia are entitled to pay in-state tuition as a benefit of paying state taxes. It is the student who has the burden of proof for documenting their residency for tuition payment purposes.

Please note: establishing domicile for in-state tuition payment purposes is different than establishing residency for other purposes, such as to obtain a driver’s license.

Waiver of Non-Resident Fees

Waivers are for students who do not meet the qualification for a Georgia-resident status.  However, the Board of Regents has defined situations whereby a student may still be eligible for in-state tuition and fees for a 12-month period.

The waivers listed below will cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for 12 months.  The students eligibility for these waivers listed below must be reviewed annually.

 

Presidential Waivers

To be eligible for a presidential waiver, students must have earned a 2.5 high school GPA as calculated by the ABAC Enrollment Management Office and/or demonstrated outstanding leadership, community service, or extra-curricular activities. Transfer students must have earned a minimum transfer GPA of 2.5 as calculated by the ABAC Enrollment Management Office. Transcripts are required. This requirement does not apply to international students attending ABAC on a visa.

Presidential Waiver Application

 

ABAC Neighbor Waivers

Students from Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina (effective Spring 2019), are eligible for one of our ABAC Neighbor Waivers.  

Eligible students can attend ABAC at the same tuition rate as an in-state student.  You save $4,211 each semester (based on full-time enrollment for 2017-18).  Over four years, that’s a savings of more than $30,000!

In most cases, students from the states above do not need to do anything other than provide evidence of domicile.  For students right out of high school, the high school transcript serves as evidence of domicile.  Student applying from these states will be notified if any documentation is needed beyond what is part of the usual admissions application process. 

 

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market is a program through the Southern Regional Education Board that allows students to study in a specialized field at an out-of-state college while paying in-state tuition rates.

Contact Home State SREB Office to Apply

 

Military Waivers

Four waivers are available for military personnel and their dependents. Select the application that is appropriate for you. You will be prompted to log in with your ABAC credentials (email address and password). 

 

Waiver Deadlines

Semester     Priority Deadline     Final Deadline
Fall July 1 August 5
Spring November 1 January 5
Summer March 1 June 1

Petitions filed after the final deadlines listed above will be considered for the following semester.  If a petition is approved, it will not be retroactive to prior semesters.  Notification of the petition decision will be sent to the student’s Stallion email address.  

Submit the petition will all supporting documentation at one time.

Mail or deliver supporting documentation to:

Office of Enrollment Management
ABAC 4, 2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA 31793

Phone: 229.391.5004
Fax: 229.391.5002

 

Petition for Georgia Tuition Classification

The Petition for Georgia Tuition Classification is for students wishing to contest their current non-resident tuition classification status.  See link below.  (Use your ABAC email credentials). 

GA Residency Support Documentation is a list of supporting documentation which may be submitted as evidence of domicile.

Petition Deadlines

Semester Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Fall July 1 August 5
Spring November 1 January 5
Summer March 1 June 1

Petitions filed after the final deadlines listed above will be considered for the following semester.  If a petition is approved, it will not be retroactive to prior semesters.  Notification of the petition decision will be sent to the student’s Stallion email address.  Submit the petition with all supporting documentation at one time.

Mail or deliver supporting documentation to:

Office of Admissions
ABAC 4, 2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA 31793

Phone: 229.391.5004
Fax: 229.391.5002