VA loans are a great option for military personnel but it’s important to know about all the fees associated with these types of loans.How Much Is My VA Funding Fee?

The VA must be paid a loan funding fee before the VA will issue a guaranty. The amount of the funding fee depends on the amount of down payment made by the applicant, the type of military service performed, and the purpose of the loan.

The funding fee, sometimes called a guaranty fee, may be added to the loan balance, but all other closing costs must be paid as out-of-pocket expenses of the veteran borrower, or paid by the seller.

For a veteran or reservist using their VA guaranty on a purchase-assist or construction loan, the funding fees are as follows:

First Time Use Down payment Veteran Reservist / National Guard
Less than 5% 2.15% 2.40%
5% to less than 10% 1.50% 1.75%
10% or more 1.25% 1.50%
Second and subsequent use Down payment Veteran Reservist / National Guard
Less than 5% 3.30% 3.30%
5% to less than 10% 1.50% 1.75%
10% or more 1.25% 1.50%

 

For refinances, the following funding fees are charged:

  Veteran Reservist / National Guard
Cash-out Refinance – First Time Use 2.15% 2.40%
Cash-out Refinance – Second and Subsequent Use 3.30% 3.30%
Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan 0.50% 0.50%
Assumptions 0.50% 0.50%
Service-connected disabled veterans 0% 0%

 

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A fee of only 0.5% is charged on a no-cash-out refinance which pays off an existing loan (VA-guaranteed or conventional) when the refinancing is sought to reduce the interest rate on an existing loan.

If the loan assists in the purchase of a manufactured home, the funding fee is limited to 1% of the loan for all veteran borrowers.  A fee of 0.5% applies to loan assumptions.

Veterans who receive compensation from the VA for a service-connected disability are exempt from paying a funding fee. Also, a surviving spouse of a veteran who died while on active duty from a service-connected incident is exempt from paying a funding fee.

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