Submit A Waiver Request
What is a waiver?
When you request a waiver, you are requesting that we terminate collection action on a debt. If a waiver is granted in full or part, you will not be required to pay the amount that was waived.
Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA) overpayments are governed by the Department of Veterans Affairs under US Code Title 38 – Veterans Benefits. Requests for waiver of repayment are processed in accordance with VA Financial Policy Volume XI. Additional information is available at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/education_resources/school_certifying_officials/payment_info.asp.
What are the eligibility requirements for a waiver?
To be eligible for waiver considerations, you must be a Veteran, a payee or beneficiary including a fiduciary, a representative acting on behalf of a debtor such a parent, sibling, or a representative of an estate in the case of a deceased payee.
How do you apply for a waiver?
To apply for a waiver, you must submit the following items:
- Written letter that explains why you are requesting a waiver. The letter should explain why you feel you should not be held responsible for payment of the debt or why collection of the debt would be unfair and create a financial hardship.
- Completed and signed Financial Status Report form
- Mail your waiver and your completed and signed Financial Status Report form to:
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Debt Management Center
P.O. Box 11930
St. Paul, MN 55111
Can I request an oral hearing?
You have a right to request an oral hearing in conjunction with your waiver request. If you choose to have an oral hearing to present evidence before your request is considered, state so in your request for a waiver. If you request an oral hearing, you will be notified of the date, time, and location, prior to your waiver request being referred for consideration.
Are there time limitations associated with the waiver request?
- Education, Pension and Disability Waiver Request
If you are requesting a waiver for an education, pension or disability compensation debt, you must submit your request within 180 days of the date you were originally notified of your debt.
- Loan Guaranty Waiver Requests
For loan guaranty program debts, you have one year from the date you sign the certified mail receipt for the original notification letter.
Note: If we receive your request for waiver within 30 days of the day of notification, we will suspend any offset action from your current benefits until a decision regarding your request for waiver is rendered.
What does it mean when your waiver is granted?
If a waiver is granted in full or part, you will not be required to pay the amount that was waived. A waiver cannot be granted if we determine there is:
- Bad faith on your part that led to the creation of the debt
How are you notified of your waiver decision?
You will be notified in writing when a decision regarding your request for waiver is rendered.
- Denied Waiver Request
If your request is denied, you will be notified of your appeal rights.
- Full Waiver Granted
If your request is granted in full, no further collection action will be taken.
- Partial Waiver Granted
If a partial waiver is granted, you will be notified of the balance and you will be provided appeal rights.
Note: If a balance exists on your account after waiver action is completed, you will be asked to contact us and make arrangements to pay your debt. If you are drawing VA benefits, action will be taken to begin offsetting those benefits to recoup any balance that was not waived.
According to the Department of Education’s (DOE) website, students must repay loans even if they don’t complete their education, can’t find a job related to their program of study, or are unhappy with the education received. However, certain circumstances might lead to loans being forgiven, canceled, or discharged as defined in US Code Title 20. The link below provides information on the types of forgiveness, cancellation and discharge available. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation?src=ft