U.S. Military Reserve and Georgia National Guard Combat Veterans

GA HERO Scholarship

The Georgia HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship Program provides educational assistance to members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. military reservists who served in combat zones on or after May 3, 2005 or the children of such members.

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.

Combat Service Fee Waiver

Eligible participants must be Georgia residents who are active members of the U.S. Military Reserves and/or the Georgia National Guard and were deployed overseas for active service in a location or locations designated by the U.S. Department of Defense as combat zones on or after September 11, 2001 and served for a consecutive period of one hundred and eighty-one (181) days, or who received full disability as a result of injuries received in such combat zone, or were evacuated from such combat zone due to severe injuries during any period of time while on active service. Additionally, eligible participants must meet the admissions requirements of the applicable University System of Georgia (USG) institution and be accepted for admission.
Eligible participants shall receive a waiver of all mandatory fees charged by USG institutions including, but not limited to:
  • Intercollegiate athletic fees
  • Student health services fees
  • Parking and transportation fees, where such fees are mandated for all students
  • Technology fees
  • Student activity fees
  • Fees designated to support leases on facilities such as recreation centers, parking decks, student centers, and similar facilities
  • Any other such mandatory fees for which all students are required to make payment. 
Students receiving this waiver are eligible to use the services and facilities these fees are used to provide. This benefit shall not apply to housing, food service, any other elective fees, special fees, or other user fees and charges (e.g., application fees).
*Note: Parking is considered an elective fee at UGA.
Veterans meeting these eligibility requirements must submit a copy of their DD-214 to the VA Certifying Official at UGA in order to receive their waiver.

Special Institutional Fee Waiver

Individuals who are enrolled and simultaneously serving full-time on Active Duy in a branch of the Armed Forces of the United States are eligible to request an exemption of the Special Institutional Fee.