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Does the New GI Bill Pay to Take Remedial Classes?

Q: I am confused about whether or not the new GI Bill covers remedial classes. I have called both my school and the VA several times and there is no clear response. I scored low on my math placement test and need to take remedial math classes in order to advance in my degree. Since they are now required classes, I thought they were covered under the GI Bill. Can you please clear this up for me?

A: Remedial classes are covered under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. For example, if you need to get your math placement test scores higher to ultimately get your degree. I know the GI Bill does cover pre-requisite and remedial classes – classes you need to pass before you can be accepted into a specific degree program.

One thing I know the VA will not pay for is if you pass a course with a low grade and you want to take that course again to improve your grade and ultimately your GPA. If you pass, they will not pay for you to take it again, however if you fail, they will.

I don’t know who you have talked with at your school, but if you have not talked directly with your school’s VA Certifying Official, I highly recommend it. That is your direct link to the VA and if s/he doesn’t know the answer to your question, most likely they have a contact at the VA that can answer it.

If that doesn’t work, then contact the VA Regional Office servicing your state. Usually they are more responsive than going through the Main VA Office.

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