The law requires that educational assistance benefits to Veterans and other eligible persons be discontinued when the student ceases to make satisfactory progress toward completion of his or her training objective. 

Attendance is unsatisfactory if the student does not attend according to the regularly prescribed standards of the educational institution in which he or she is enrolled (38 U.S.C.3034, 3474).

Dropping and adding courses

Registration changes may impact your VA education benefits. 

Prior to making changes to your schedule, consult with the School Certifying Official.


VA will not pay education benefits to an individual for a course from which the individual withdraws or receives a non-punitive grade (W) which is not used in computing the requirements for graduation (38 U.S.C. 3680 and §21.4136).

Last Date of Attendance

  • If a student officially withdraws, the date the student withdrew is the effective date.
  • If a student is administratively withdrawn or stops attending without officially withdrawing, the actual last date of attendance must be determined and reported.
  • If a student completes the term with all “F” and/or non-punitive grades, the actual last date of attendance must be determined and reported for each course.
  • If you stop attending a class(es) prior to the last date of the semester without officially withdrawing AND you receive a grade(s) of F, this will be reported to the VA and may result in a debt.

The following methods will be used to determine the last actual date of attendance: (1) attendance records, (2) grading reports, (3) last date on which examination or other papers filed or (4) last day of activity in the instructor's records.

Note: A signed statement from the student as to the last day of his or her attendance may not be used as the sole means of verifying attendance.

The debt amount is determined by the VA and is based on the last date of attendance.