The VA requires students using the Post-9/11 GI Bill® to provide mitigating circumstances when they withdraw from or drop a course after the drop/add period and receive a non-punitive grade. Acceptable mitigating circumstances must be provided in order to pay benefits for the period of attendance prior to the drop date. If they are not provided and accepted, any benefits paid from the beginning date of the term will be considered an overpayment, and a debt may be established. If you’ve dropped classes after the drop/add period or had to stop attending and received a grade that isn’t factored into your Grade Point Average, chances are the term “mitigating circumstances” was mentioned in a letter we sent you. So what are “mitigating circumstances” and why should you care? To learn more, read the VA’s Mitigating Circumstances FAQs.

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