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VA Certifying Official for GSW students

Tominica Pines
Registrar’s Office
800 GSW State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709

Phone: 229-931-2027
Fax: 229-931-2021
Email: tominica.pines@gsw.edu
Office: Sanford Hall, room 219.

Questions that students may have about eligibility and payment should be directed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

Department of Veterans Affairs
Atlanta Regional Office
1700 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033-4032

Phone: 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)
Website: www.gibill.va.gov

What is the Veteran's Affairs website?

www.gibill.va.gov

What is VA's toll free number?

1-888-442-4551

How do I apply for VA benefits?

To apply for VA Benefits, please go to the Veterans Online Application System (VONAPP) and complete the application online. For a paper application, please visit the VA website to download and complete an application. The application process normally takes 6 - 8 weeks for new education claims.

I am a transfer student - what must I do to re-start my GI Bill?

If you are the veteran, you must complete VA Form 22-1995. If you are the dependant, you must complete VA Form 22-5495.

May I use my GI Bill for license or certification test, such as GRE and MAT?

Yes! You can receive reimbursement for licensing and certification tests. These tests must be specifically approved for the G.I. Bill. VA can pay only for the cost of the tests and not other fees connected with obtaining a license or certification.

Can I change programs?

Yes, you must submit a request for a Major/Advisor Change with the Registrar’s Office at GSW. The Major/Advisor Change form is located on RAIN under Student Forms.

Am I eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation?

You may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation, if you have a service connected disability or any other disability rated by VA at 10% or more. For more information contact VOC REHAB, see http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm

Can I get an Advance Payment?

Unfortunately, advance payment is not available at Georgia Southwestern.

Can I get direct deposit?

Yes. You can call 1-877-838-2778 to get started with direct deposit or when you complete your initial application for benefits, you can attach a voided check. This does speed up your education payment.

What do I need to do once I am approved for benefits?

You need to contact the VA Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office. You will be asked to complete and submit "Veteran's Benefits Form." This form authorizes the VA Certifying Official to certify your enrollment to the VA in ordered to begin your monthly benefits.

What do I need to do if I drop or withdraw from classes?

VA does not pay for withdrawal of a course(s) unless there are mitigating circumstances involved. Should it become necessary for you to withdraw from class (es), you should contact the Veterans Certifying Official immediately. A withdrawal/drop will get reported whether or not you notify the Certifying Official! If you are called to active duty, please bring a copy of your orders to the Registrar.

How can I submit my monthly enrollment?

You may call the toll free number: 1-877-823-2378 or go to www.gibill.va.gov and certify by going to W.A.V.E.  Only Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 students need to submit monthly enrollment.

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center provides and maintains diverse learning opportunities for all GSW students in an environment that promotes academic excellence and success. The staff of the ARC is committed to assisting students with evaluating their academic performance and choosing the appropriate services to master course materials. The Academic Resource Center offers services which will assist students in becoming confident, independent learners. Some resources available to students include academic computer labs, tutoring, resource room, etc.

Career Services

The goal of Career Services at Georgia Southwestern State University is to provide efficient, effective, and personalized career planning and job search assistance to students and alumni of GSW. We are the link between employers and students to facilitate career development by providing computerized interest inventories, career exploration materials, experiential learning opportunities as well as part and full-time job opportunities.

Counseling Services

Georgia Southwestern’s Counseling Services offers confidential personal counseling, social counseling, etc., to students, faculty, and staff. Our counseling services are designed to assist students in becoming successful and productive throughout their college experience and beyond.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid aims to provide resources to assist in funding their journey to obtain a degree in the form of grants, state, institutional scholarships, employment, and student loans.

GSW Bookstore

GSW Campus Bookstore is a local bookstore serving the students, faculty and staff of Georgia Southwestern State University with pride. The primary goal is to ensure students are able to obtain the course materials they need at reasonable prices. The bookstore also provides many other items to support your academic career and school spirit.

Student Support Services

The TRiO Student Support Services program at GSW provides academic, financial, and personal support to low-income, first-generation college students, or to those who have a documented disability. TRiO services include study skills development, tutoring, academic planning, personal advising, transfer advising, financial aid advising and assistance, a quiet study center and computer lab, a laptop lending program, and cultural and social activities.

RAIN

RAIN (public access) gives you access to the class schedule, student forms, catalogs, curriculum sheets, etc.  RAIN secured login gives you access to your grades, financial aid, tuition, etc.

GA View

GeorgiaVIEW is used for most courses. (Your instructor will notify you if you will be using Georgia View.)

RADAR

RADAR is your GSW email account. (You should check it frequently.)

Combat Service Fee Waiver for U.S. Military Reserve and Georgia National Guard Combat Veterans

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 USG institution and be accepted for admission.

Benefits

Eligible participants shall receive a waiver of all mandatory fees charged by USG institutions including, but not limited to:

  1. Intercollegiate athletic fees;
  2. Student health services fees;
  3. Parking and transportation fees, where such fees are mandated for all students:
  4. Technology fees;
  5. Student activity fees;
  6. Fees designated to support leases on facilities such as recreation centers, parking decks, student centers, and similar facilities; and,
  7. Any other such mandatory fees for which all students are required to make payment.

Students receiving this waiver shall be 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).

Documentation must be on file with the Certifying Official. A copy of your DD214, member 4 is required to determine if you are eligible. Additional documentation may include a copy of the orders, a letter from the commanding officer or any official document that specifies that I served in a combat zone for the appropriate amount of time and/or received full disability or severe injuries.

The Department of Defense is now offering eligible spouses up to $6,000 of Financial Assistance (FA) to pay for education, training, degrees, licenses and certificates needed to pursue job opportunities in high growth, high demand Portable Career fields. The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program uses this funding to pay schools directly for coursework and exams taken by the spouse account owner.

More Information about Military Spouses, click here to check out the Military Spouse Scholarship FAQ.

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