The Registrar's Office at the University of West Georgia completes enrollment certification procedures for students enrolling under any of the Veterans Affairs educational assistance programs. As early as possible, and preferably at least one month before entering West Georgia, any student planning to enroll under one of these programs should contact the Registrar's Office to initiate enrollment certification procedures. Students requesting enrollment certification for the first time should anticipate a ten to twelve-week delay in the receipt of the first benefit check. Veterans should be prepared to sustain initial university costs since benefits will not begin until several weeks after enrollment.
Veterans and dependents of veterans planning to study using veterans' benefits at West Georgia should apply for admission as any other student. Eligibility for Veterans Affairs benefits has no direct relationship to the institution. All financial transactions are directly between the student and Veterans Affairs. The institution serves only as a source of certification and information to Veterans Affairs. Eligible students enrolling in Learning Support or CPC courses may receive V.A. educational benefits provided these courses are required by the University. Payment of benefits for such work is limited to a total of 30 hours and to 9 hours in each basic skills area. West Georgia offers three areas of developmental study: English, reading, and mathematics.
Students receiving V.A. benefits must adhere strictly to a planned program of study as indicated on their school and V.A. forms. Program changes must be reported promptly to the V.A. through the Registrar's Office at West Georgia.
All students receiving V.A. educational benefits are also required to report to the Registrar's Office changes in course load, withdrawals, or interruptions in attendance in order to minimize personal liability resulting from overpayment of benefits. Veterans Affairs regulations indicate that students receiving benefits are expected to attend classes regularly. The Registrar's Office, therefore, asks faculty members to report prolonged and excessive class absences so that the affected students' enrollment certifications may be terminated.