Punitive 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], punitive grade means “a grade assigned for pursuit of a course which is used in determining the student's overall progress toward completion of the school's requirements for graduation. Unlike the nonpunitive grade, the punitive grade does affect the criteria to be met by the student for graduation, i.e., it is a factor in computing the student's grade average or grade point average, for example. For this reason it is not the same as an audited course, since it does have an effect upon the student's ability to meet the school's criteria for graduation.”