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Cash-Out Refinance Loan

Refinancing lets you replace your current loan with a new one under different terms. If you want to take cash out of your home equity or refinance a non-VA loan into a VA-backed loan, a cash-out refinance loan may be right for you. Find out if you can get this type of loan—and how to apply.

Can I get a VA-backed cash-out refinance loan?

You may be able to get a cash-out refinance loan if you:


Why might I want to get a cash-out refinance loan?

A cash-out refinance loan may help you to:

  • Take cash out of your home equity to pay off debt, pay for school, make home improvements, or take care of other needs, or
  • Refinance a non-VA loan into a VA-backed loan

On a no-down-payment loan, you can borrow up to the FannieMae/FreddieMac conforming loan limit in most areas—and more in some high-cost counties. You can borrow more than this amount if you want to make a down payment. See current effective loan limits.

You’ll want to keep closing costs in mind when refinancing a loan, as they can add up to thousands of dollars. Make sure you understand how your new loan amount relates to the value of your home. While your lender can advise you on the costs and benefits of the transaction, you’ll want to be sure you understand what you’re getting into.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s home loan toolkit can help. Download the home loan toolkit.


How can I get a cash-out refinance loan?

  1. Find a lender.

    You’ll go through a private bank, mortgage company, or credit union—not directly through us—to get a cash-out refinance loan. Terms and fees may vary, so contact several lenders to check out your options.

  2. Apply for your VA-backed home loan Certificate of Eligibility (COE).

    You’ll need to show your COE to your lender as proof that you qualify for the home loan benefit.
    Find out if you qualify for a COE.
    Apply for your COE now.

  3. Give your lender any needed information.

    In addition to your COE, you’ll need to give your lender:

    • Copies of paycheck stubs for the most recent 30-day period
    • W-2 forms for the previous 2 years
    • A copy of your federal income tax returns for the previous 2 years (required by many, but not all lenders)
    • Any other information your lender requires

    Note: The lender will order a home appraisal, an expert assessment of the value of your home.

  4. Follow your lender’s process for closing on the loan, and pay your closing costs.