These policies and procedures may be subject to change based on Dept. of Veteran Affairs updates.
Posted on April 3, 2020:
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has addressed the main issues about VA education benefits as they pertain to the COVID-19 situation in a public Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. This document is also posted on the VA website: https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/covid19faqs.asp.
This FAQ document addresses three issues relating to VA benefits and COVID-19.
1. The VA has cleared GW to submit Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 certifications and has provided GW's school certifying officials (CSOs) the guidance to do so. If you will be taking Summer 2020 courses, be sure to submit your online "Request for Certification" via GWeb's Veteran Menu. Source: FAQs #1 and #2.
2. Courses originally intended to be held in residence (or in-person) from March 1, 2020 to December 21, 2020 will be certified as residential (even if they are converted to online courses because of covid-19) for benefits purposes. Source: FAQs #1 and #2.
3. Pass/No Pass grading option and your benefits: If students using VA benefits choose a pass/fail grading option and pass their courses, there will be no change to their VA education benefits. If students should fail or get no credit for such courses certified to the VA, that outcome would then have to be reported to the VA. We encourage all students in this situation to contact our office as extenuating circumstances due to the covid-19 pandemic may be used to avoid any VA debt associated with failed credits. Source: FAQ #11.
Please contact the Office of Military and Veteran Services via email at [email protected] or by phone during business hours (M-F, 9am-5pm) at 202-994-9570 if you have any questions.