Veterans Certification

Veterans Services for UGA students, located in the Office of the Registrar, assists students receiving VA Educational Benefits by:

  •        Processing educational benefit forms such as enrollment certifications
  •        Advising students on procedures pertaining to their educational benefits
We also assist students who must withdraw from the University because they are called to active duty, and with the re-admission process when they return to the university after active duty.
Veterans Services at the University of Georgia is not a division of or directly affiliated with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 
The VA Certifying Officials at UGA are:
  • Melody Kesler, Senior Assistant Registrar
  • Audrey Shinner, Assistant Registrar
Veterans Educational Benefits
University of Georgia
Office of the Registrar
va@uga.edu
106 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building
Athens, GA 30602-6113
Utilizing VA Educational Benefits:
The role of Veterans Services is to monitor each veteran student’s enrollment status and academic progress. Our office does not determine eligibility for benefits or have access to any student’s Department of Defense VA records.
 
Initial certifications of enrollment are submitted prior to the beginning of each term. Changes in enrollment status that affect a student’s VA educational benefits are reported as they occur. The number of enrolled credit hours determines the level of benefit the student may receive. The University notifies the Department of Veterans Affairs through the electronic submission of the 22-1999 form.
All degree programs and majors at UGA have been approved by the VA as eligible for educational benefits. You must be either a degree-seeking student or a transient student seeking a degree at another institution to qualify for educational benefits at UGA. If you are not a degree-seeking student, please contact one of the VA Certifying Officials for further information.
Applying for Veterans Educational Benefits
Information and the applications for Veterans Educational Benefits are available online at:
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Please be certain to save a copy of the application for Veterans Educational Benefits for your records as well as the confirmation email that the application was received. You may need to provide a copy of the application to the VA Certifying Officials at UGA.
Documents a student veteran or the dependent of a veteran may need to claim educational benefits:
VA Form 22-1990 or 22-1990b or 22-1990e (Application for Educational Benefits)
  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • DD-214 (service record)
  • VA Form 28-1905 (for VA Ch 31 Vocational Rehabilitation benefits)
  • VA Form 2384-1 Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) (for VA Ch 1606 or 1607 benefits)
 
Additional Veterans Educational Assistance
GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance
MYCAA
Eligibility and Payment
Students with questions about their eligibility for benefits and payment questions should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at:
 
Regional Office
1700 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30033-4032
1.888.GIBILL.1 (1.888.442.4551)
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
 
 
Change in Status:
Any change in enrollment status or level of benefit must be reported to UGA Veterans Services. Please also notify Veterans Services if you have been called to active duty, or if you wish to refrain from certification for a particular semester.
 
Students who withdraw from a course or students who do not successfully complete a course must notify UGA Veterans Services within 14 days.
Called to Active Duty
If you are called to active duty during your enrollment at UGA or after admission but prior to the start of the term for which you are admitted, please notify a VA certifying official at UGA. This can be done in person or via email.  This is a courtesy and is not required for a student to be eligible for re-admission policies as a returning service member. 
 
If you receive emergency orders to active duty during a semester in progress, you must provide the Office of Student Support Services with a copy of these orders.  The orders must include the date you must report for duty and the length of time of service.  This official documentation is required in order to receive a military withdrawal.  A military withdrawal results in the assignment of WM for all classes (which do not factor into the GPA) and allows for a full refund of tuition and fees.  You cannot receive military withdrawals for semesters that have already been completed.
 
Please contact the Office of Student Support Services, located at 325 Tate Student Center or by phone at 706.542.8220.