Today VA release a cicular which provides a “circular” route to a funding fee discount. This may not be over November 18 either. The previous chart on fees was located in our 9-19-2011 posting. Just scroll down to review that chart.
Veterans Benefits Administration Circular 26-11-15
Department of Veterans Affairs October 6, 2011
Washington, DC 20420
UPDATED FUNDING FEE CHANGES
1. Purpose. The President signed H.R. 2646, Veterans Health Facilities Act Capital
Improvement Act of 2011 on October 5, 2011. The bill includes a provision resulting in
funding fees reverting to the same rates that existed prior to October 1, 2011 for loans
closed October 6, 2011 through and including November 17, 2011. Rates for loans
closed prior to enactment of H.R. 2646 and for loans closed on or after November 18,
2011 are discussed below.
2. Fee Changes
a. Loans closed October 1 through October 5, 2011: Funding fees for loans closed on
these dates will be those cited in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Circular 26-
11-12, dated September 8, 2011.
b. Loans closed October 6 through and including November 17, 2011: Funding fees
for loans closed during this period, will be the same rates in effect prior to October 1,
2011. The fees can be found in the VA Lender’s Handbook, Chapter 8, Topic 8.
c. Loans closed on or after November 18, 2011: Funding fees for loans closed on or
after November 18, 2011 will be reduced as shown on the attached Exhibit A.
d. Funding fees for other loans: Funding fees for Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing
Loans (IRRRLs) and Assumptions will not change. They will remain at .50 percent.
3. Possibility of Future Funding Fee Changes. VA believes it likely that Congress will
pass other legislation in the coming weeks that will make additional changes to the
funding fee structure. Should this occur, VA will immediately publish a notice on
and the VA Funding Fee Payment System (FFPS), and
release another Circular once any such bill becomes law.
Lenders should closely monitor VA FFPS for information on funding fee changes
4. Waiver of the Difference in Funding Fees. For cases in which lenders have closed
loans based on lower funding fees cited in the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) rather than the
higher fees provided in HR 2646, the Secretary, under existing authority, will waive the
difference in the fees. Specifically, VA will waive the right to collect the difference in
fees (between the lower October 1 rates and the higher H.R. 2646 rates) for loans for
which a GFE was prepared prior to October 6 based on the lower fees, and that was
closed after the enactment of H.R. 2646. Instructions