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Veterans' Tuition Credit

Veterans who are permanent legal residents of Massachusetts for 12 consecutive months, and can provide the required documentation, may qualify for the Veteran's Tuition Credit at UMass Lowell.

Required Documentation:

  • DD214 - Military Discharge Papers (Member 4 copy)
    • Honorable discharge 
    • 90 days Active Duty
    • National Guard & Reserves 180 days active duty or 90 days active service under US Title 10 or Title 32 
  • Proof of Residency - required for all online and professional studies students
    • Massachusetts Resident Income Tax Return (Form 1)
    • Most recent official document showing address and bar code info (must be completed) 
    • Students who Tele-file or Electronically file must include W-2 form with tax summary sheet 
    • Generic hand-written tax form - not accepted


  • Certificate of Residency 
    • Obtain from Town/City Hall 
    • Document must include:
      • Official Letterhead or Official Town form 
      • Current Address 
      • Number of months/years residing at address
      • Must be notarized or have official town seal (original copy of certificate is required – cannot accept copy)

    • Active Duty Military Non-Residents Stationed in MA
      • Submit copy of Military ID and one of the following:
        • Copy of Active Duty Orders
        • Residency Certificate
        • Letter from Commanding Officer or Education Officer
        • Copy of lease for housing

    Please Note: 

    • Proof of Residency must be updated annually for professional studies students
    • Classification of in-state residency for undergraduate day students and graduate students will be determined by the Admissions Office 

    Application Form: All veterans receiving the tuition credit must matriculate into a degree program. Application for admissions may be obtained online.

    Veteran must notify Veterans' Benefits Coordinator every semester once registered for classes – credits are not automatically applied to students' account.

    Please Note:

    • Online, Non-Credit, Off-Campus and Directed Study courses are not covered under the credit. 
    • Student must be accepted into a degree or certificate program. 
    • Credits are not retroactive.