Sometimes, life happens and veterans need to adjust their college course load mid stream. When this happens, these adjustments may result in an overpayment that could be waived, depending on the circumstances.
Veterans get one “Get out of jail free” card if they receive an overpayment. One veteran wrote in about this today, so I thought I’d take a minute to post the information here.
According to VA’s GI Bill website:
VA automatically grants mitigating circumstances for up to 6 credits the first time a student reduces or terminates and mitigating circumstances must be considered. This automatic grant is called the 6-Credit Hour Exclusion. The exclusion is a one-time grant made the first time mitigating circumstances must be considered for the student. Up to 6 credits can be excluded if the student has been awarded benefits for the credit. The 6-Credit Hour Exclusion cannot be granted if the student completes the term and receives non-punitive grades.
- If the student withdraws from 3 credits, the exclusion will be granted for 3 credits and the student’s one time exclusion is used.
- If the student withdraws from 12 credits, the exclusion will be granted for 6 credits, the student’s one time exclusion is used, and the student must provide mitigating circumstances for the other 6 credits.
Some examples VA provides on its website to help explain mitigating circumstances.
- An illness or injury afflicting the student during the enrollment period.
- An illness or death in the student’s immediate family.
- An unavoidable change in the student’s conditions of employment.
- An unavoidable geographical transfer resulting from the student’s employment.
- Immediate family or financial obligations beyond the control of the claimant that require him or her to suspend pursuit of the program of education to obtain employment.
- Discontinuance of the course by the school.
- Unanticipated active military service, including active duty for training.
- Unanticipated difficulties with childcare arrangements the student has made for the period during which he or she is attending classes.