In response to COVID-19, the Office of the Registrar encourages students to reach
out with questions regarding Veterans Educational Benefits either via phone or email.
Please contact Lauren Arenal-Mullen at email@example.com with questions or to arrange a time to speak over the phone.
Veterans Services at the University of Georgia, 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
Assistance is also provided to students who must withdraw from the University because
they are called to active duty and then with the readmission process when they return
to the University.
Veterans Services at the University of Georgia is not a division of, or directly affiliated,
with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
VA Certifying Official Information:
Lauren Arenal-Mullen, Tuition Assistance Specialist
Veterans Educational Benefits
Office of the Registrar, University of Georgia
104 Caldwell Hall
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. Students must be either a degree-seeking or be a transient student
seeking a degree at another institution to qualify for educational benefits at UGA. If
the student is not degree-seeking, the VA Certifying Official should be contacted
for further information.
Applying for Veterans Educational Benefits
Information and the applications for Veterans Educational Benefits are available online
Students should save a copy of the application for Veterans Educational Benefits for
their records as well as the confirmation email that the application was received.
Students may need to provide a copy of the application to the VA Certifying Official
Documents a student veteran or the dependent of a veteran may need to claim educational
Additional Veterans Educational Assistance
Priority Registration for Confirmed Service Members
University of Georgia offers priority registration for any veteran/active duty/reserve
service member who submits proof of service to the school VA Certifying Official.
For information on obtaining priority registration as a confirmed service member,
please contact VA Certifying Official Lauren Arenal-Mullen at the information provided
Please note: Do not submit any documentation containing SSN information via email.
Students with questions about their eligibility for benefits and payment questions
should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at:
1700 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30033-4032
Change in Status:
Any change in enrollment status or level of benefit must be reported to Veterans Services
at UGA. Students should also notify Veterans Services if they have been called to
active duty or 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 Veterans Services within 14 days.
Called to Active Duty
If a student is called to active duty during enrollment at UGA or after admission
but prior to the start of the term for which he or she is admitted, please notify
VA Certifying Official Lauren Arenal-Mullen. This can be done in person or via email. This
is a courtesy and is not required for a student to be eligible for readmission policies
as a returning service member.
If a student receives emergency orders to active duty during a semester in progress,
he or she must provide the Office of Student Care and Outreach with a copy of the
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. A military withdrawal cannot be received for semesters that have already
Please contact the Office of Student Care and Outreach, located at 325 Tate Student
Center or by phone at 706-542-7774.
DoD Tuition Assistance (TA)
For Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard members using TA, the UGA focal point
for processing benefits is the Bursar's Office, which can be reached at 706-542-6773.
Military-connected students using TA should ensure approval is received from a Military
Educational Service Officer (ESO) or conselor prior to enrolling.