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Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, MD, Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, adds new requirements for educational institutions participating in the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These new provisions became effective June 15, 2021, and will apply to Institutions of Higher Learning and Non-College Degree institutions beginning August 1, 2021. Many of the requirements are consistent with the requirements of the Principles of Excellence, currently in Executive Order 13607; however, there are requirements in addition to those embodied in the Principles of Excellence which schools must also satisfy to maintain approval for GI Bill® participation.

Shopping Sheet Disclosures

Schools must provide a covered individual (a student using benefits under chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, or 35 of title 38, U.S.C., or chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S.C.) with a personalized shopping sheet that contains:

Important Information: These estimates shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, the Institution of Higher Education, or the State. These estimates do not represent a final determination, actual award of financial assistance, or a final net price.  Costs, including, but not limited to, the cost of attendance and availability of financial assistance, may change year to year. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes Federal grant, loan, or work-study assistance. Learn more about applying for Federal student aid.
Estimated veterans benefits are listed on the College Financing Plan (CFP) based on data provided by the student (i.e., Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Benefits Intake Form (BIF).  
Final award of veterans benefits is dependent upon applying directly with the VA. 

Applying for Veterans Benefits 

The Financial Aid College Financing Plan (CFP)
  • The College Financing Plan is a consumer tool designed to notify prospective students about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school. The CFP can be accessed through the student’s individual record within the Financial Aid Portal.
  • For Military or Veteran student estimated costs to be calculated, you must first compete the FAFSA and Benefits Intake Form.

Veterans Benefits

VA Education Benefits may be used at all campuses within the UMass Lowell system. Information about how to use benefits may be obtained from this site, and by connecting with for questions.

Cost Covered by VA Education Benefit

Resources and Comparison Tools

Academic Advising

Learn about Academic Advising offered at UMass Lowell.

Financial Advising

Information for financial counseling may be found by contacting The Solution Center.

Disability Advising

Information for disability counseling may be found by contacting the Disability Services Office.

Other Advising Information

Other information regarding completing a course of education at the University may be found by contacting the office of the Academic Dean for a specific program.

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

For incoming students, this resource provides detailed financial information on higher education institutions and students can enter actual information to better calculate their circumstances. This tool can be found at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Paying for College

The College Scorecard

The College Scorecard is another resource for students to evaluate schools.

The College Navigator

The National Center for Education Statistics offers the College Navigator to help students with various information when comparing schools.

GI Bill Comparison Tool

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has its own GI Bill Comparison Tool to compare academic programs and benefits by school.