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What Are the Ramifications If I Move And Don’t Finish a Semester?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am wondering about how things work if I move and cannot complete the semester? I did not take summer classes and I’m registered for the fall, but may not be able to finish that semester because I may be moving to another state for work and family issues. Are there any type of allowances for this type of situation. Will I be able to start right back up in the spring and continue to get my benefits if I don’t finish the fall semester?

A: For the good of all parties involved – you, the VA and your school – you should either commit to completing the full semester or not start. If you drop mid-term, it is going to cause all kinds of problems.

If you will have to drop, the VA will make a determination if the reason you dropped was within or out of your control. Usually, if it is out of your control, and the VA is satisfied that what made you drop in the first place has been corrected, then they won’t make you pay back any money they paid as GI Bill benefits and you can continue using your GI Bill.

However, if they deemed the reason was within your control, then they may request you pay them back and that gets you into a recoupment issue with VA Debt Management which never is a good thing. That would prevent you from getting future benefits until you had the money paid back.

Second, if you can’t complete the semester, then what is the point of starting in the first place. Once you are beyond the drop period, if you move, you will get an incomplete for grades for your classes and then all you ended up doing is wasting time and money, because you will have to take all the classes over again.

If you can’t commit to finishing the fall term, then I recommend you skip it and start again in the spring.

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