​How do Veterans Drop/Withdraw from a Course and How Does it Affect VA Educational Payments?

To drop or withdraw from a course, a student must complete a form in the Enrollment Services Office and obtain the appropriate signatures. There are two types of grades a student can get from dropping a course — punitive and non-punitive.

The school will establish the last date to withdraw. Students who drop a class, withdraw from all classes, or are dropped by the instructor before that date are assigned a non-punitive grade. This means the GPA will not be penalized. However, the DVA treats a non-punitive grade as if the student never attended that class. If the drop changes attendance status, the DVA will require repayment of any amount received for attendance in that class unless their are mitigating circumstances. Veterans who feel they have valid reason for dropping a class or withdrawing from all classes can write to the DVA and ask to be allowed to maintain the prevailing rate of pay up to the last date of attendance in the course(s). The new rate of pay would be effective the day after the last date of attendance. If mitigating circumstances are claimed, the DVA will require in-depth statements and supportive documents before allowing payment for the course.

Students who drop a course, withdraw from all courses, or are dropped by an instructor after the last date to withdraw may be assigned a punitive grade. This grade will be figured into a grade point average as an "F". The DVA will, in this case, allow payment at the prevailing rate of pay up to the last date of attendance as reported by the instructor. The new rate of pay will begin the day after the last date of attendance.

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