Nonpunitive Grade [Educational Assistance Programs] Law and Legal Definition

According to 38 CFR 21.4200 [Title 38 -- Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief; Chapter I -- Department Of Veterans Affairs; Part 21 -- Vocational Rehabilitation And Education; Subpart D -- Administration Of Educational Assistance Programs; Schools], nonpunitive grade means “any grade assigned for pursuit of a course, whether upon completion of the course or at the time of withdrawal from the course, which has the effect of excluding the course from any consideration in determining progress toward fulfillment of requirements for graduation. No credit toward the school's requirements for graduation is granted for such a grade, nor does the grade affect any other criteria for graduation by the policies of the school, such as a grade point average. Therefore, it has the same effect as an audited course.”