Mitigating Circumstances

Mitigating circumstances are those which directly hinder a student’s pursuit of a course(s) and which are judged to be beyond the student’s control. Following are some general categories of mitigating circumstances: serious illness of the student, serious illness or death of an immediate family member, immediate family or financial obligations, discontinuance of a course by the school. If a change of enrollment is due to reasons beyond the student’s control, which the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) accepts as mitigating circumstances, benefits are adjusted on the effective date of the reduction. Form 21-4138, Statement In Support of Claim, must be filed for consideration.