Courses receiving a grade of No Credit, a non-punitive grade, must be reported to the Veterans Administration (VA).
The VA does not typically make payments for classes resulting in non-punitive grades. However, if COVID-19 is reported as a Mitigating Circumstance for the student’s receipt of a non-punitive grade (i.e., No Credit in a Pass/No Credit class) the VA will pay for the class. (If a student using VA education benefits receives a grade of NC, it is their responsibility to provide documentation of Mitigating Circumstances to Loyola University Maryland’s School Certifying Official within 72 hours of the grade posting. Lack, or late submission, of documentation will result in the non-punitive grade(s) being reported to the VA without Mitigating Circumstances.)
Students who have not been directly, or personally, impacted by COVID-19 are not eligible to use it as a Mitigating Circumstance. In these cases, the VA will create an over payment (subject to the 6-Credit Hour Exclusion) from the beginning of the term, resulting in a student debt for courses graded NC.
Questions regarding the 6-Credit Hour Exclusion, or other VA matters, should be directed to the VA Education Call Center at 888-442-4551. The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time.