Overpayment of Benefits


Proactive communication with your Academic Advisor and School Certifying Official will help prevent most overpayment debt situations with Veterans Affairs.

Repayment Situations

  • Repayment may be necessary under the following conditions:
    • Drop/withdrawal below required credit load
    • Receipt of benefits for courses not applicable to current program
    • Receipt of grade for which no credit is earned, such a “F”, “I”, “NB”
    • Being academically disqualified/suspended from degree program
  • Mitigating Circumstances

    These are circumstances beyond the student’s control that prevent the student from continuing in school.

    Some examples:
    • Prolonged illness or injury
    • Death in the immediate family
    • Unavoidable change in employment

    Proof of circumstances must be provided to School-Certifying Official before it can be reported to VA.

  • Steps when you receive an overpayment notice
    • Call VA immediately at 1(888)442-4551
    • Contact School Certifying Official by calling: (907)745-9762
  • Actions if overpayments are not paid:
    • Add interest charges and collection fees
    • Withhold future benefits to be applied to debt
    • Debt turned over for collection
    • Federal lawsuit for collection of debt
    • Withhold approval of VA home loan guarantee
    • Garnish federal income tax return