COVID-19

The university has announced the option of students choosing, by course, whether they opt to take a grade for their class or opt for Credit/No Credit or opt to withdraw from that course.  Information pertaining to the options available to you is available as part of the university's COVID-19 FAQ site: https://www.cmich.edu/coronavirus/Pages/grading-options.aspx.   

It is important to understand that there are different financial ramifications depending upon which option a student chooses.  If you are unsure of how a withdrawal, or opting for Credit/No Credit will affect your situation, I encourage you to make an appointment to speak to one of us by going to https://www.cmich.edu/Veterans/MakeAnAppointment to make an appointment to talk to one of us.  

If you have general Financial Aid and Scholarship questions, please contact CMU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at https://www.cmich.edu/ess/OSFA/Pages/default.aspx.

For the following guidance, consider Credit as being a passing grade and No Credit as a failing grade.

Those of you that are using Federal Tuition Assistance, we have received the following guidance:

1. Non-traditional grades that are counted as passing grades will not be calculated into the TA GPA. Soldiers will not be able to use these grades to raise their TA GPA.

2. Non-traditional grades that are counted as failing grades will be calculated into the TA GPA and will initiate recoupment through GoArmyEd. Soldiers will be required to repay the Army for the TA received for these classes.

For specific questions regarding how COVID-19 may impact Federal Tuition Assistance benefits, please contact your local military installation education office.


For those of you that are using the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP), we understand that the state will not be issuing debt to recoup MINGSTAP funds from students in the event that a student receives No Credit after choosing the Credit/No Credit option for a course.

 For specific questions regarding how  COVID-19 may impact Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance benefits, please contact MINGSTAP at 517-481-7640.

I've been activated for COVID-19 response, how will that affect my benefits?

If you are:

  1. Using Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill®) and have been activated for COVID-19 response
  2. Using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®) while in the Air or Army National Guard and have been activated for COVID-19 response
    or
  3. Are a spouse of a National Guard member that has been activated for COVID-19 response, and you are using his or her transferred benefits (children using transferred benefits are not affected)

You need to contact the VA Education Phone Line regarding how these activations will impact your benefit payments.  Those using Chapter 1606 (MGIB) could be losing monthly payments.  Those using Chapter 33 could be losing the Housing Stipend.  Anticipate Recoupment.  Any payments received after their Active Duty start date will be recouped, recoupment will be pro-rated based on the day of the month AD orders begin.

The VA Education Phone Line is 888-442-4551.


What will happen to my VA Education benefits if I chose the credit/no credit option?
Chapter 31:
If you received a C or better, you would receive a credit (CR) for the course.  The credit is considered a passing grade and would not negatively impact your VA education benefits.

If you received a C- or lower, you would receive a no credit (NC), which is a non-punitive and does not count towards graduation.  

Before choosing the credit/no credit option, you would need to contact your Vocational Rehabilitation counselor for guidance and clarification.

Chapter 33:
If you received a C or better, you would receive a credit (CR) for the course.  The credit is considered a passing grade and would not negatively impact your VA education benefits.

If you received a C- or lower, you would receive a no credit (NC), which is a non-punitive and does not count towards graduation.  A non-punitive grade would need to be reported to the VA, which could result in a debt of housing, book stipend and tuition for the course or courses that receive an NC. 

Chapters 1606, 35 and 30:
If you received a C or better, you would receive a credit (CR) for the course.  The credit is would not negatively affect your VA education benefits.

If you received a C- or lower, you would receive a no credit (NC), which is a non-punitive and does not count towards graduation.  A non-punitive grade would need to be reported to the VA, which could result in a debt of money paid to you for the course or courses that receive an NC. 
 For clarification of how this will affect you, you’ll want to contact the VA Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551.

Non-punitive Grade:  
A non-punitive grade is a grade that doesn’t count as earned credit and isn’t considered in progress standards for graduation. Examples of nonpunitive grades are an “X” (no basis for a grade), “NC” (no credit).

What will happen to my VA Education benefits if I withdraw (W) from a course or courses?

Chapter 33:
If you withdrew from a course or courses, you could incur a debt for housing, tuition and book stipend.  

Chapters 1606, 35 and 30:  
If you withdrew from a course or courses, you could incur a debt for monthly payments you received for the semester.
Unfortunately, the Veterans’ Resource Center (VRC) would not be able to advise you regarding how much you could owe back to the VA.  For clarification of how this will affect you, you’ll want to contact the VA Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551. 

Non-punitive Grade:  
A non-punitive grade (withdrawal) and (incomplete) is a grade that doesn’t count as earned credit and isn’t considered in progress standards for graduation. A withdrawal after the drop period is non-punitive if it isn’t calculated into the eligible individual’s GPA or it isn’t considered in academic progress criteria like probation and suspension. 


Additional Information:

In response to the current environment with COVID-19,  the VA Debt Management Center (DMC) is suspending all actions on Veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department for sixty days.  This suspension covers institutions as well as Veterans. They will evaluate the extension of this timeline should the situation with COVID-19 warrant. If the suspension is extended, they will update their website (www.va.gov/debtman) to reflect the change and automatically extend suspensions for affected Veterans and institutions. 

The DMC is also suspending collection action or extending repayment terms on preexisting VA debts for Veterans, as the Veteran prefers. We encourage Veterans and family members affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) who have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief to contact the DMC at 1-800-827-0648 to request assistance.

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