2018-2019 Catalog 
    
    May 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog

Student Accounts



Tuition and Fees

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College tuition and fees are assessed according to the policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Registration is not complete until all tuition and fees have been paid. Students are responsible for determining account balances and securing payment by the established payment deadline. The College’s web site is the most up-to-date reference for registration and payment deadlines, but notices are also sent to College email accounts. ABAC email is an official means of communication with students.

Failure to fulfill financial obligations may result in denial of readmission, registration, certification of attendance, transcripts, graduation, etc. Official transcripts will not be issued and graduation will be denied for students whose accounts are delinquent. The College reserves the right to cancel a student’s registration for non-payment at any time after the payment deadline.

ABAC reserves the right to use a collection agency and to pursue legal action to collect any debt. Once an account is placed in collection or legal action is pursued by the collection agency, the student will be liable for all collection fees, which will be in addition to the amount of the original debt. At this point, the student will no longer be able to pay the College directly, and any communication or correspondence with the College about such debt must be directed through the collection agency.

ABAC Net Price Calculator is available to view at the following web page: http://www.abac.edu/NPC

Tuition and Fee Schedule

Students who are enrolled in fewer than fifteen (15) semester hours within a semester are charged by the credit hour. Additional tuition is not charged for semester hours greater than fifteen (15) semester hours within a semester; eCore classes do not count toward the fifteen (15) semester hours. Students are classified either as a resident or nonresident of Georgia for tuition purposes in accordance with the regulations of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Tuition:

Georgia Resident, 15 or more hours $1,563.00
Georgia Resident, 14 or fewer hours $104.20 (per semester hour)
Nonresident, 15 or more hours $5,774.00
Nonresident, 14 or fewer hours $384.94 (per semester hour)
eCore classes $159.00 (per semester hour)

Mandatory Fees Per Semester:

Fee Students taking six (6) or more semester credit hours Students taking fewer than six (6) semester credit hours
Access Card $20.00 $20.00
Activity $50.00 $25.00
Athletic $88.00 $44.00
Health $63.00 $30.00
Institutional Fee $200.00 $200.00
Technology $50.00 $25.00
Transportation $30.00 $30.00
Total $501.00 $374.00

Textbooks and supplies are available in the Stallion Shop (college bookstore). The cost of books and supplies will vary with the courses selected by the individual student.

Special Fees and Charges

Each returned check given to the College by an individual will result in a service charge of $20. If three checks are returned for the same student or family, no other checks will be accepted by the College.

An orientation fee of $40 will be charged to each student entering ABAC for the first time. For more details, please visit http://www.abac.edu/future-students/orientation

Student Health insurance provided by United Healthcare is required for the following types of students:

  1. All international students holding F or J visas.
  2. All students enrolled in the Nursing program.

The premium is based on the age of the student and may range from $1,700 - $2,300 annually. Family and spouse plans are available as well.

Waivers are subject to the discretion of United Healthcare for certain situations. Student Health Insurance is not refundable through the Institution. All F1 Visa Status Athletes are required to purchase an additional rider for insurance coverage during practice and competition events. Waivers for the rider are also subject to the discretion of United Healthcare and must be applied for through the provider.

Housing charges are subject to the contract signed. For more details, visit http://www.abac.edu/student-life/housing-why-live-on-campus.

Meal plan requirements vary by student status. For details on the meal plans available, visit http://www.abac.edu/student-life/campus-dining.

Other fees are associated with specific classes; examples include science labs, golf and bowling courses. Fees range from $15 to $75 depending on the class.

All tuition, fees, or other charges are subject to change at the end of any academic term.

Methods of Payment

Acceptable methods of payment are as follows:

  • Web check/electronic check via the eStallion student account
  • Web credit card via the eStallion student account (MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Discover)
  • Check or money order via U.S. Postal Service delivered to the following address:

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
ABAC #42
2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA 31793

  • Cash, check, money order, or credit card (MasterCard, American Express, VISA, Discover) in person at the Cashier’s Window on the second floor of Branch Hall in the Office of Student Accounts.

ABAC uses an electronic billing system (eStallion) through Stallion email accounts to notify students of any outstanding balances. Students are encouraged to check their email account on a regular basis, as this is the official means of sending billing notification even after the enrollment period may have ended. eStallion provides students easy access to their student financial accounts and to pay tuition and fees. Students may also set up authorized user accounts for parents and other individuals who will be paying on their behalf. Students, or authorized users, may pay online using MasterCard, Discover Card, VISA, and American Express. The cardholder will pay a credit card transaction fee of 2.85% of payment amount, or a minimum of $3.00, regardless of place or time of payment. Alternatively, online payments can be made via Web check or an ACH transaction, with no additional fees.

Students will be required to acknowledge that they understand and agree to the Financial Agreement Authorization in Banner. This authorization is a legally binding agreement that explains the student’s responsibility in regard to the student’s financial account with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The student receivable process begins when charges are posted to a student’s account. If the student’s account is not paid by the due date, a past due balance hold will be placed and further collection efforts will be made to collect the amount owed. If the account is sent to a collection agency, additional fees will be added to the balance due. These fees may add up to over 33.33% of the original balance due. In addition, a delinquency report may be filed with a credit bureau.

State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

Students who have a physical or an emotional disability may receive financial assistance to attend college through their nearest vocational rehabilitation office. For details, students may contact the Office of Student Accounts or their local rehabilitation office.

Veterans Services

Veterans can receive assistance with applying for educational military benefits in the Office of Student Accounts, located on the second floor of Branch Hall. All veterans, active duty services members, members of the reserves, and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans, should contact the Office of Student Accounts immediately upon deciding to enroll in the College so that proper administrative procedures can be initiated.

Veterans experiencing academic difficulty may be eligible for additional benefits to help defray the costs of tutoring services. Such veterans should consult with the personnel in the Office of Student Accounts to determine the proper procedure to obtain these additional benefits.

Students who wish to be considered for Veterans’ Benefits at ABAC must present a copy of their form DD-214 to the Office of Student Accounts for evaluation.

Refund Policy

Students officially withdrawing from the College after paying tuition and fees for the term will be issued a 100% refund for tuition and mandatory fees, provided the official withdrawal occurs NO LATER THAN the official drop/add day for the term. Students officially withdrawing from ALL classes AFTER the official drop/add day will receive a refund based upon the following official refund policy:

  • The refund amount shall be based on a pro rata percentage determined by dividing the number of calendar days in the semester that the student completed by the total calendar days in the semester. The total of calendar days in a semester includes weekends but excludes scheduled breaks of five or more days and days that students were on an approved leave of absence. The unearned portion shall be refunded up to the time that the amount earned equals 60%.
  • Students who withdraw when the calculated percentage of completion is greater than 60% are not entitled to a refund of any portion of institutional charges. A refund of all nonresident fees, matriculation fees, and other mandatory fees shall be made in the event of the death of students at any time during the academic session.

Housing fees and post office box fees are non-refundable fees. Refunds of elective charges upon withdrawing from the Institution during a term will be made on a prorated basis determined by the date of withdrawal. Gold card charges and à la carte meal plans are refundable only to the extent they are unspent.

Students are responsible for withdrawing officially in accordance with College regulations, which are set out in this Catalog. Students receiving funds and financial aid monies will have their refunds restored to the following programs in this precise order: outstanding balances on unsubsidized loans, subsidized loans, PLUS loans, Pell, SEOG, other Title IV student assistant programs, HOPE, private scholarships, and finally to the student.

No other refunds or reductions are allowed unless such reductions are necessitated by schedule changes initiated by the College. Students suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons are not entitled to a refund of any deposits, tuition, or fees paid. Additionally, students who are asked to vacate their residence hall rooms as a result of disciplinary actions are not eligible for refunds.

Regents’ Policies Governing Classification Of Students

The following policies have been adopted by the Board of Regents for the purpose of determining the tuition status of students:

  1. a) If students are 18 years of age or older, they may register as an in-state student only upon a showing that they have been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least 12 months immediately preceding the date of registration.
    Exceptions:
    • Students who are transferred to Georgia by an employer are not subject to the durational residency requirement.
    • Students who previously held residency status in the State of Georgia but moved from the state then returned to the state in 12 or fewer months.
    • Students whose parent, spouse, or court appointed guardian is a legal resident of the State of Georgia may register as a resident provided the parent, spouse, or guardian can provide proof of legal residency in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of registration.
    1. No emancipated minors or other persons 18 years of age or older shall be deemed to have gained or acquired in-state status for tuition purposes while attending any educational institution in this State, in the absence of a clear demonstration that they have in fact established legal residence in this State.
  2. If a parent or legal guardian of a minor changes legal residence to another state following a period of legal residence in Georgia, the minor may retain classification as an in-state student as long as he/she remains continuously enrolled in the University System of Georgia, regardless of the status of the parent or legal guardian.
  3. In the event that legal residents of Georgia are appointed by a court as guardian of a nonresident minor, such minors will be permitted to register as an in-state student provided the guardians can provide proof that they have been residents of Georgia for the period of 12 months immediately preceding the date of the court appointment.
  4. Aliens shall be classified as nonresident students, provided, however, that an alien who is living in this country under an immigration document permitting indefinite or permanent residence shall have the same privilege of qualifying for in-state tuition as a citizen of the United States.

Waivers

ABAC offers a limited number of Presidential Waivers each semester to outstanding students from other states or nations. These waivers are administered through the Admissions Office.

The ABAC Neighbor Waiver was instituted in Fall 2015. This waiver allows students from Florida, Alabama and South Carolina to attend ABAC at the same tuition rate as an in-state student. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Accounts.

For a complete list of waivers and descriptions, please visit the University System of Georgia’s 7.3.4.1 Out-of-State Tuition Waivers and Waiver of Mandatory Fees which may be viewed at: http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section7/policy/C453/#p7.3.4_out-of -state_tuition_waivers_and_waivers_of_mandatory_fees

Verification of Lawful Presence

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has instituted policies that affect all applicants who seek in-state tuition at USG institutions. According to USG policy, individuals who apply Fall 2011 and beyond must submit documentation of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency before being considered for in-state tuition.

The following documents serve as proof of lawful presence in the United States (U.S.) One of the following is required before students are eligible for in-state tuition:

  • A completed FAFSA for the current or next financial aid year.
  • A certified U.S. birth certificate showing the applicant was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Copy of current U.S. passport.
  • Copy of a current driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • Copy of a U.S. certificate of naturalization.
  • Copy of U.S. certificate of citizenship.
  • A U.S. certificate of birth abroad issued by the Department of State or a consular report of birth abroad.

Applicants whose status cannot be verified are not eligible for in-state tuition regardless of how long they have lived in Georgia.