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VA Funding Fee: A Guide for Veterans

The VA funding fee is a feature of the VA home loan. This fee is a crucial element of the VA home loan program, ensuring its viability for future generations of veterans.

In this article, we will delve into the intricacies of this fee, its implications for veterans and strategies to potentially waive or refund this fee.

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Why Am I Paying This?

The VA funding fee is a one-time fee required by the Department of Veterans Affairs to help fund the VA home loan program.

This fee varies based on several factors, including the borrower’s military status, whether the loan is a first-time use or a subsequent use, and the size of the down payment.

The fee is usually financed into the loan amount, meaning it doesn’t require out-of-pocket expenses at closing.

Factors Affecting the Funding Fee

  • Military Status: The fee varies for regular military members versus members of the Reserves or National Guard.
  • Loan Usage: First-time users of a VA loan typically pay a lower funding fee than those using the benefit for subsequent times.
  • Down Payment: A larger down payment can reduce the funding fee, encouraging veterans to invest more upfront in their home purchase.

Example Scenario

For illustrative purposes, let’s consider a veteran purchasing a $100,000 home with no down payment. If this is a subsequent use of the VA loan, the funding fee would be 3.3% of the loan amount, resulting in an adjusted loan amount of $103,300 when financed.

Exemptions and Refunds

A significant aspect of the VA funding fee is the possibility of exemption or refund under certain conditions:

  • Disability Exemption: Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 10% or more are exempt from the fee. This exemption highlights the VA’s commitment to accommodating the needs of disabled veterans.
  • Refund Eligibility: Veterans who are entitled to a disability benefit but have not yet received their rating at the time of closing may be eligible for a refund of the funding fee if their disability claim is approved post-closing.

Strategic Considerations

Veterans planning to use VA loan benefits should consider their disability status and potential eligibility for a waiver or refund.

Those who have not yet secured a disability rating but may be eligible should be encouraged to initiate the claim process promptly.

This strategic approach can lead to significant savings and ensure that veterans maximize the benefits entitled to them through their service.


Understanding this fee, its implications, and the opportunities for exemption or refund is crucial for veterans looking to leverage this benefit.

As part of the broader commitment to serving those who have served our country, it’s essential to provide clear, comprehensive advice and support to veterans navigating the home buying process with a VA loan.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the purpose of the VA funding fee?
    • The VA funding fee supports the costs of the VA home loan program, ensuring its sustainability for future veterans.
  2. Can the VA funding fee be waived?
    • Yes, veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 10% or more are exempt from the funding fee.
  3. Is it possible to get a refund on the VA funding fee?
    • Veterans who become eligible for a disability rating after closing may receive a refund of the funding fee, depending on how it was initially paid.
  4. How can veterans reduce their VA funding fee?
    • Making a down payment can reduce the funding fee, with larger down payments resulting in lower fees.

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