FAQs

How do I apply for VA Educational Benefits?
Information and the applications for Veterans Educational Benefits are available online at: http://www.gibill.va.gov
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.

Am I eligible for VA Educational Benefits?
Our office does not determine eligibility for benefits or have access to any student’s Department of Defense VA records. Please contact the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551.

How many hours do I have to be enrolled for VA Educational Benefits?
The number of enrolled credit hours determines the level of benefit the student may receive .For UGA, enrollment status is determined as follows:

 
Undergrads
Graduates
Spring and Fall Semesters
full time
12+
9+
1/2 time
6-8
5-6
Summer Thru Term
 
full time
6
4
1/2 time
3
3
Summer Short Sessions
full time
3
2
1/2 time
2
n/a
Summer Extended Session
full time
8
6
1/2 time
3-5
3

How much money will I get?
Payment rates are set by Congress each year and any changes are typically effective in October.Rates are available at: http://gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits-resources/rates-tables.html

How many months of eligibility do I have left?
Our office does not determine eligibility for benefits or have access to any student’s Department of Defense VA records. Please contact the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551.

What if I am called to active military duty during the semester?
Students who receive emergency orders to active duty during a semester in progress must provide the Office of Student Support Services with a copy of these orders. The orders must include the date the student 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. Students cannot receive military withdrawals for semesters that have already been completed.) The Office of Student Support Services is located in room 115 of the Holmes/Hunter Academic Bldg.Their phone number is 706.542.8220.

Will withdrawing from a course affect my education benefits?
Students should be aware that a reduction in their hours may affect their Veterans Educational Benefits. Students should contact the Veteran’s Services office and their academic advisor with questions about the impact of their withdrawal from a course before initiating a withdrawal. http://bulletin.uga.edu/bulletin/acad/courses.html#Withdrawal%20from%20Courses

Is my in-service training eligible for academic credit at UGA?
United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) courses are not recognized by the University of Georgia unless they are completed through an accredited institution which grants recognized college credit for same. Such courses are regular correspondence courses and are administered under the Cooperating College Program of USAFI. Inquiries concerning in-service training should be directed to the Admissions Office. Evaluations of this training will not be made until such time as the student is accepted for study on the University campus. http://bulletin.uga.edu/bulletin/acad/courses.html#Military