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The VA Funding Fee is a fee that is paid directly to the Department of Veterans Affairs for every VA Home Loan that is made. The funds that the VA receives from the VA Funding Fee are used to pay out claims on previously defaulted VA Loans. The purpose of the VA Funding Fee is to reduce the overall cost to the tax payers and to ensure that the VA Home Loan program is available to all Veterans in the future. Use our simple calculator below to calculate your VA Funding Fee!

The percentage charged for the VA Funding Fee is based on the type of service, the purpose of the loan, the percentage of down payment, and if a Veteran has previously used their VA Home Loan Benefit. It is important to note that any Veteran receiving service-connected disability compensation is EXEMPT from paying the VA Funding Fee.

VA Home Purchase Loan Funding Fee

Veterans of active duty military service the VA Funding Fee is 2.15% for a first time use with no down payment. Reservist and National Guard Members will be charged a VA Funding Fee of 2.4% for a first time use with no down payment.

VA Cash-Out Refinance Funding Fee

Veterans converting their existing loan to a VA Loan or taking cash-out will pay a VA Funding Fee of 2.15% if this is their first use of a VA Loan or 3.3% if they have previously used a VA Home Loan.

VA Streamline Refinance Funding Fee

Veterans reducing their interest rate with a VA Streamline Refinance will be charged a reduced funding fee of 0.5%.

VA Home Loan Purchase Funding Fee
Type of Service
Down Payment
First Time Use
Subsequent Use
Active Duty Military
0%
2.15%
3.30%
Active Duty Military
5%
1.50%
1.50%
Active Duty Military
10%
1.25%
1.25%
Reservist or National Guard
0%
2.40%
3.30%
Reservist or National Guard
5%
1.75%
1.75%
Reservist or National Guard
10%
1.50%
1.50%
VA Cash-Out Refinancing or VA Loan Conversion
Type of Service
First Time Use
Subsequent Use
Active Duty Military
2.15%
3.30%
Reservist or National Guard
2.40%
3.30%
VA Streamline Refinance
0.50%

The VA funding fee is required by law. The fee, currently 2.15% on no down payment loans for a first-time use, is intended to enable the veteran who obtains a VA home loan to contribute toward the cost of this benefit, and thereby reduce the cost to taxpayers. The funding fee for second time users who do not make a down payment is 3.3%. The idea of a higher fee for second time use is based on the fact that these veterans have already had a chance to use the benefit once, and also that prior users have had time to accumulate equity or save money towards a down payment.

For purchase and construction loans, members of the regular military fall into the category of first time user or subsequent user. For first time users, no down payment requires a 2.15% fee, down payment of at least 5 percent but less than 10 percent requires a 1.5% fee, and down payment of 10% or more requires a 1.25% fee. For subsequent users, no down payment requires a 3.3% fee, down payment of at least 5 percent but less than 10 percent requires a 1.5% fee, and down payment of 10% or more requires a 1.25% fee.

For the category of Reserves / National Guard, first time users with no down payment requires a 2.4% fee, down payment of at least 5 percent but less than 10 percent requires a 1.75% fee, and down payment of 10% or more requires a 1.5% fee. For subsequent users for the category of Reserves / National Guard, no down payment requires a 3.3% fee, down payment of at least 5 percent but less than 10 percent requires a 1.75% fee, and down payment of 10% or more requires a 1.5% fee.

Cash-out refinancing loans for regular military require a 2.15% fee for first time users and a 3.3% fee for subsequent users. For Reserves / National Guard, the requirement is a 2.4% fee for first time users and a 3.3% fee for subsequent users. If there are down payments involved, refer to the information above. On interest rate reduction loans, the VA funding fee is .50% and it is 1.0% on Manufactured Home Loans.

The following persons are exempt from paying the funding fee: Veterans receiving VA compensation for service-connected disabilities. Veterans who would be entitled to receive compensation for service-connected disabilities if they did not receive retirement pay. Surviving spouses of veterans who died in service or from service-connected disabilities (whether or not such surviving spouses are veterans with their own entitlement and whether or not they are using their own entitlement on the loan). Please note that the VA has the final say on who is exempt

VA Mortgage Loans Benefits

No mortgage insurance

Since the VA guarantees the lender the top 25 percent of the loan, no mortgage insurance is required. Most conventional loans require a borrower to put down at least 20 percent of the purchase price or pay mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance can be costly and does not ever go towards reducing your principal balance.

Competitive Interests Rates

Because the Department of Veteran Affairs guarantees each loan, interest rates are typically 0.25 to 1 percent lower than those of conventional loans.

No down payment

Saving enough money for a down payment can be especially difficult for active duty service members who are moving from base to base. Since there is no down payment required for a VA Home Loan, many veterans can purchase a home with little to no money out of pocket.

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