August 23, 2007
Fees waived for certain military personnel
Augusta, Ga. – Paying for college at Augusta State University or any other University System of Georgia institution just got a little easier for members of the Georgia National Guard and the U.S. Military Reserves. Just this month, the USG Board of Regents approved waiving mandatory fees for any Georgia residents who have seen combat in recent years as active members of those two military branches.
“This waiver could save eligible veterans $200 to $600 per semester in fees assessed to all students for such things as student health services, parking, technology and intercollegiate athletics,” says Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs William R. Bowes. “Waiving these fees aligns with the University System’s ongoing Customer Service Initiative and is the latest benefit we are extending in order to be of better service to our veterans. We intend the waiver to complement federal educational benefits available to reservists and National Guardsmen.”
The fee reduction will apply to qualifying students beginning in the fall 2007 semester. But because the plan is so new, institutions have not been able to fully digest the number of students affected, or the dollar amounts involved. ASU officials are currently working to identify students who may benefit from this new policy.
The mandatory fee waiver is available to Georgia residents who are active members of the Georgia National Guard or the U.S. Military Reserves and have served in a combat zone for at least 181 consecutive days since Sept.11, 2001, or who have received full disability as a result of injuries suffered in combat during that time, or who were evacuated from a combat zone due to severe injuries suffered during any time while on active duty. The waiver does not apply to fees charged for housing, food service, electives nor any special fees, user or application fees.
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