Veterans FAQ

Veterans FAQ

Veterans' Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is the BAH not the amount I expected to receive?
  2. I receive Ch 33 benefits, when will my tuition/fees be paid?
  3. Do I need to pay tuition/fees upfront and then wait to be reimbursed by the VA?
  4. When I contacted the VA school certifying official, I found out I hadn't been certified yet. Why wasn't I certified earlier?
  5. How do I withdraw from my classes with a VA hold on my registration?
  6. I am changing my address, my major, or adjusting my schedule, why do I need to contact the school certifying official (SCO)?
  7. Why does the VA pay my tuition/fees so late?
  8. I've been receiving notices from the Bursar's Office that I have a balance due, even though my tuition/fees should be paid by my Ch 33 benefits. What do I need to do?
  9. I am a Yellow Ribbon student, but why did I not receive funding this semester?
  10. Will my class schedule be canceled if the Ch 33 doesn't pay tuition/fees by the payment deadline?
  11. I am a prospective Georgia Tech student, how does being a veteran affect how I am admitted to the Institute?
  12. If I withdraw from classes, will I owe money back to the VA?

General

1. Why is the BAH not the amount I expected to receive?

Your BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) is calculated based on Georgia Tech's zip code, 30332 and your rate of pursuit. For the specific amount you are entitled to, you will need to contact the VA directly (1-888-442-4551).

2. I receive Ch 33 benefits, when will my tuition/fees be paid?

Tuition and fees are reported to the VA after Phase II registration. Payment is expected approximately six to eight weeks after the beginning of the term. If there is some sort of delay, the SCO will notify all VA students so they may plan accordingly.

3. Do I need to pay tuition/fees upfront and then wait to be reimbursed by the VA?

Ch 33 students do not need to pay for tuition/fees upfront in lieu of VA funds arriving. The Bursar's Office places a deferral on each student's account for the amount expected from the VA to prevent late fee assessment or schedule cancellation. For all other GI Bill benefits, the monthly stipend is considered supplementary funding, and tuition/fees must be paid by the Bursar's Office deadlines.

4. When I contacted the VA school certifying official, I found out I hadn't been certified yet. Why wasn't I certified earlier?

The list of students to be certified is gathered from all the VA students who are registered for the upcoming term. This is done about 45 days before the term begins, shortly after Phase I registration. If you did not register for at least one class during Phase I registration, we would not know you needed to be certified. Be sure to check your email for notifications from the VA certifying official. If you don't plan on registering till Phase II registration, send an email to inform the VA certifying official when you've finalized your schedule.

5. How do I withdraw from my classes with a VA hold on my registration?

Email the SCO that you would like to withdraw from a class(es), providing the course information and computer number of each class you'd like to be withdrawn from. The SCO will withdraw the course on your schedule and adjust your VA certification accordingly. Make sure to email the SCO by drop/university withdrawal deadlines. Late drops requests will not be accepted.

6. I am changing my address, my major, or adjusting my schedule, why do I need to contact the school certifying official (SCO)?

Notifying the SCO of address, major, or schedule changes ensures that your record with the VA stays up-to-date. By changing information such as your address or your major on your student record, it does not automatically update this information on your record with the VA. For adjustments to your student record, your SCO may require you to fill out a form to submit the VA or may need to update your enrollment certification for that current term.

7. Why does the VA pay my tuition/fees so late?

Once Phase II registration ends, the Bursar's and Financial Aid offices must calculate the tuition and fees to report to the VA for each Ch 33 student. The SCO then reports tuition/fees for the VA to release. Because the process takes several weeks past the tuition/fee deadline, the Bursar's Office places deferrals on each student account in anticipation of the VA issuing payment directly to Georgia Tech.

8. I've been receiving notices from the Bursar's Office that I have a balance due, even though my tuition/fees should be paid by my Ch 33 benefits. What do I need to do?

E-mail the SCO to verify the status of your account. You may have been automatically been emailed because of a pending balance on your student account.

9. I am a Yellow Ribbon student, but why did I not receive funding this semester?

Yellow Ribbon funding can only be given up to two semesters each academic year. If you've already received YR funding for two semesters, the third semester, you are only entitled to regular Ch 33 benefits.

10. Will my class schedule be canceled if the Ch 33 doesn't pay tuition/fees by the payment deadline?

No, the Bursar's Office places a deferral on your student account for the amount expected for tuition/fees. This deferral prevents you from having your schedule cancelled. You will need to make plans to pay upfront for any balance in your student account not covered by Ch 33.

11. I am a prospective Georgia Tech student, how does being a veteran affect how I am admitted to the Institute?

All veteran students are admitted to Georgia Tech by the same standards as regular students.

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12. If I withdraw from classes, will I owe money back to the VA?

You may owe money back to the VA if your tuition and fee assessment for the reduced hours is less than what the VA originally paid. Student's who are using the Post-9/11 G.I Bill may also be responsible for the reimbursement of the book stipend.

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