Maintaining Your Education Benefits

Academic Progress

You are required to maintain academic progress according to published standards established and enforced by The University of Akron. If you are academically dismissed, we will discontinue enrollment certification and will inform the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Department of Veterans Affairs determines whether or not payment will be terminated and the conditions for reinstatement.

Repeating a Course

If you are planning to repeat a course for which you already received VA education benefits, there is a possibility that you may not get paid for it again. Repeating a course just to raise your grade point average is not an acceptable reason for receiving VA payment. Please be aware that the Department of Veterans Affairs will pay for repeat courses only if you received a grade of F in the initial course or did not meet the minimum grade requirement for the course when taken in your approved program.

Auditing a Course

You will not receive VA education benefits for any course taken on or changed to an audit basis. Changes to audit during a semester will be treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a course drop with a request for mitigating circumstances.

Short Courses

Enrolling in courses that are scheduled for less than a full semester could affect your VA education benefits, and you may not be paid full-time for the entire semester. For example, if you are enrolled in 11 full-term credits and a 1 credit short course scheduled for the first 8 weeks, you will be full-time for only the first 8 weeks and then drop down to 3/4 time for the rest of the semester. Even though you paid full-time tuition, the Department of Veterans Affairs payment is based on classroom time and after the initial 8 weeks, you are no longer in the short course.