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If I Fail a Course, Do I Have to Pay Money Back to the VA?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Does any of these programs pay for books and materials? What about if you fail a test? Under the TA program I had to buy my books and pay for tests that I had failed.

A: To answer your first question, the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill pays up to $1,000 per year in a book stipend. The actual rate of pay is $41.67 per credit hour up to the maximum. If you do the math, the book stipend cover 24 credit hours of schooling per academic year.

As far as your second question, yes, if you receive a grade that does not count toward your graduation, you may indeed have to pay back the benefits you received for that course, unless there were mitigating circumstances – circumstances beyond your control. If you can prove mitigating, then you may not have to pay back the amount you received, but you also won’t get back the G.I. Bill entitlement you used for the course. You may also have to prove to the VA that the mitigating circumstances causing your failing grade have been corrected in order to get your benefits started again.

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