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Will I Have to Pay Back My Housing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: This is my 3rd semester using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I recently withdrew from my classes and my question is, will I have to pay back the housing money?

A: Most likely yes, you will have to pay back your Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance, plus tuition and fees. You are authorized the housing allowance if your maintain a rate of pursuit of greater-than-half-time, so if you would have dropped maybe one class, but still stayed over the half-time mark, you would have been O.K. and not been required to pay back the housing allowance – just the tuition and fees (if there were no mitigating circumstances).

If there were mitigating circumstances (circumstances that were beyond your control causing you to drop or withdraw from a class), then you most likely would not have had to pay for the class either.

Don’t delay in contacting your school VA Certifying Official and have that person contact the VA immediately. You want the VA to know quickly before they send you any more money and you get into a deeper overpayment situation. Once you hear from VA Debt Management, you will have to either pay the money back or set up a payment schedule before you will be able to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlements again.

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