VPS Newsletter June 2013
Overpayment of educational benefits occurs when you receive an incorrect benefit payment that is more than what you are entitled to receive. The educational benefits you receive are affected by any changes you make in your current registration including full-time/part-time status, cancellation, withdrawal, college/major, and academic standing (suspension/dismissal).
Withdrawing from a course - if the withdrawal reduces your VA pay rate. You will have to establish that you withdrew for a reason that was beyond your control, unanticipated, and unavoidable in order to receive payment through your last date of attendance in the dropped class (unless you received a "W" for the withdrawal and you have not yet used the VA's one-time exclusion rule). Generally VA documentation to approve these mitigating circumstances. Any payment received for the period following the official drop date must be paid back to VA, regardless.
Earning a grade that does not count toward meeting graduation requirements. Grades that do not count toward graduation at UC are: "NG", "W", "T", "NP", "UW", "X", "SP", "UP", "F" grades assigned for a withdrawn class, and Graduate credit level "I" grades. You will need to establish that you received the grade due to circumstances beyond your control.
Tere are just a few exceptions to these rules at UC:
The law requires that VA must collect all benefits paid to a beneficiary for a course for which the grade assigned is not used in computing the requirements for graduation including a course from which the beneficiary withdraws, unless there are mitigating circumstances.
This means that if you withdraw from a course, unless you can demonstrate to VA that there are mitigating circumstances, you must return all of the money paid to you for pursuit of that course from the start of the term, not merely from the date you dropped the course.
Examples of acceptable mitigating circumstances are prolonged illness, severe illness or death in your immediate family, and unscheduled changes in your employment or work schedule. Examples of unacceptable mitigating circumstances include withdrawal to avoid a failing grade, dislike of an instructor, or too many courses attempted. You will be required to submit evidence to support your reasons before they can be accepted by the VA. The required form to use for submitting mitigating circumstances (#21-4138) is available upon request.