VA Funding Fee First Time Use
For different down payments, there will be different VA funding fee rates. If the downpayment is less than 5% of the net amount of the home then the VA funding fee will 2.3%. If the down payment is greater than 5% of the net amount then the VA funding fee will be 1.65%. If the down payment is 10% or more then the funding fee for this case is 1.4%.
After First use VA funding fee
If the down payment is less than 5% of the net amount, 3.6% is the VA funding fee. For 5% or more down payment of the net amount, the VA funding fee is 1.65%. For 10% or more down payment of the net amount, the VA funding fee is 1.4%.
Note: If you used the VA direct home loan in past for purchasing of home you still pay the first-time funding fee.
VA Funding Fee Refinance 2022
If you already have a VA loan, you can save money with a reduced rate loan (IRRRL) and pay just 0.50% refinancing fees.
If you’re eligible for VA Repayment Waiver or VA Repayment Waiver, you’ll save a bundle: Refinancing fees are up to 2.30% of your new loan amount when you first use your VA benefits, up to 3.60% if you already used your VA home loan benefits to buy or refinance a home.
How to refund the VA funding fee
If your VA disability compensation was granted after your mortgage was closed, you may be eligible to get your VA loan funding fee refund and VA financing share back. However, approval of VA disability benefits must be in effect prior to the loan closing date to qualify for repayment.
For example, if you close the loan on October 30 and the disability benefit is retroactive on October 1, you are entitled to a refund. If you believe you are entitled to a refund of your VA financing fees, please contact your mortgage company directly or contact the VA Regional Loan Center (877-827-3702).
VA funding fee exemption
VA’s funding fee exemtion applies to eligible military members, veterans, or surviving spouses with VA-approved disabilities in connection with military service. Considering that VA’s financing fees range from 0.50% to 3.60% of the loan amount, this tax exemption could save the borrower from $1,500 to $10,800 in closing a VA on a $300,000 mortgage loan.
According to the Loan Guidelines of the Department of Veterans Affairs, there may be cases where the Department of Veterans Affairs’ funding fee is waived in the following cases:
- VA Disability Compensation for a disability-related to military service
- You are entitled to disability income for your service-related disability, but instead receive severance pay or active duty benefits.
- Proposed or memorandum evaluated prior to loan closing. This indicates that the service is eligible for compensation.
- Active service member who received the purple heart
- You are the surviving spouse of a veteran who died on the job or as a result of a service-related illness or disability.
Online resources are available to help you determine eligibility for veterans’ disability benefits. Veterans Affairs makes the final decision based on the claim of disability.
How to Complete VA Funding Fee Exemption Form?
For the determination of your eligibility for the VA Borrowing Fee Waiver, your lender completes VA Funding Fee Exemption Form 26-8937 to certify all disability benefits received. You may need to provide your VA application folder number or your service number. You then confirm that you receive these benefits and the form is sent to the VA for review.
In many cases, the status of your financing costs is stated at the top of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Your lender will automatically deduct the borrowing cost from your VA loan costs when you receive a COE with a borrowing fee waiver.