College entrance exams emptying your pockets? VA has refunds

Kaylah Jackson
January 22, 2019 - 10:30 am

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Shelling out big bucks for a graduate school exam can be taxing. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) can cost you $200 while taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a whopping $305. But with a simple form, you can have that money right back in your bank account.

The G.I. Bill isn’t the only benefit you have as a veteran. Through the VA, students can be reimbursed for mandatory fees charged to take a national admissions test and national tests for college credit.

Here is a list of national tests approved for reimbursement:

(Department of Veteran Affairs)

VA also keeps a running list of other national tests and certifications which you can be compensated for, including the Virginia bar exam, Veterinary Technical national exam, and the National Home Inspector exam.

After first applying for your G.I. Bill benefits, fill out the application for Reimbursement of National Exam Fees, also known as VA Form 22-0810. After completing the application, send it to the Regional Processing Office near your home address. Click here, for a list of Regional Processing Offices around the county that handle G.I. Bill claims.

While there isn’t a limit on the number of tests you can take, your G.I. bill monthly entitlement will be reduced based on the cost of your exam. And don’t worry if you didn’t pass the exam either! You can still be reimbursed for paying to take it.

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