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VA Standards of Progress


All students receiving VA educational benefits through the Dept. of Veterans Affairs are required to maintain academic progress according to the standards established by The Citadel. Students who do not maintain satisfactory progress will have their benefits discounted and the Certifying Official will inform the VA of this action.  The VA determines conditions for reinstatement of benefits.  

VA Education benefits may also be interrupted if any of the following occur: 

  • The student registers for classes that are not specified as necessary for the declared program of study.  Depending on circumstances, deficiency or remedial course may be certified for benefits.
  • The student fails to submit all previous college transcripts for evaluation.
  • The student registers for two or more courses and received "F" (fail), "NC" (no credit)/"NP" (no pass), or "IP" (in progress) grades for all courses for one semester.
  • The student fails to convert an "I" (incomplete) grade to a letter grade within one year from receipt of the "I" grade.
  • The student fails to attend class for the semester for which VA benefits are received.

Audits, Withdrawals, Non-required Courses and Repeating Courses

The VA will not pay for any course that is not required for graduation.  This includes repeated courses of a "D" or better.  The only exception is if a higher grade is required.  The VA will not pay for withdrawals or excessive electives.  This does not apply for courses that have failing grades and are required for graduation.  If you are uncertain, please contact out office at 843-953-9824 or


All students using VA educational benefits are required by law to keep The Citadel's Certifying Official informed of all of the following:

  • Enrollment
  • Audits and/or withdrawals
  • Change of major
  • Course substiutions
  • Address change
  • Student called to active duty

Dropping below your initial enrollment with the VA may result in a reduction in benefits and a debt to the VA.  If a student has mitigating circumstances, they may need to provied documentation to the Dep. of Veterans Affairs.  The following are examples of possible mitigating circumstances:

  • Serious illness of the veteran
  • Serious illness or death in a veteran's immediate family
  • Unavoidable change in employment or geographical employment transfer
  • Financial obligations beyond the control of the claimant that require suspending education to obtain employment
  • Unanticipated active military service, including active duty training
  • Unanticipated difficulties with childcare arrangement
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