Section 1018 of Public Law 116-315
Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. 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, 2022. 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.
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:
Estimated total cost of the course that includes tuition, fees, books, supplies and any other additional costs
Cost of Attendance →
Estimated cost of living expenses
Estimated Costs →
Costs covered by GI Bill® Chapters
Comparison Chart/Payment Rates →
Other types of Federal financial aid, not administered by VA that is offered by the institution, that the individual may be qualified to receive
Office of Financial Aid →
Estimated amount of student loan debt the individual would have upon graduation
College Scorecard →
Information regarding graduation rates
Graduation Rates →
Information regarding job-placement rates for graduates, if available
Career Outcomes →
Information regarding the acceptance of transfer credits including military credits
Transfer Credit Policies →
Any additional requirements including training, experience, or examinations that are required to obtain a license, certification or approval for which the course of education prepares the individual are covered in the Program curriculum, reflecting the guidance of the Massachusetts State Government.
Program Curriculum →
Professional Licenses & Permits →
Other information to facilitate comparison by the individual about aid packages offered by different educational institutions.
The Financial Aid Personalized Shopping Sheet
Each Veteran or Military Service member or dependent covered under chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, or chapter 1606 applying for a degree or certificate program will receive a Personalized Shopping Sheet in accordance with the Principles of Excellence, Executive Order 13607, and Isakson & Roe, Section 1018 of Public Law 116-315:
Principles of Excellence, Executive Order 13607 →
Isakson & Roe, Section 1018 of Public Law 116-315 →
The Veteran or Military Service student can access their personalized shopping sheet through their Bay Navigator account.
The “Paying for College” Web Page
This site can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information. The tool can be accessed at the Consumer Finance Gov | Paying for College website.
Consumer Finance Gov | Paying for College website →
The College Scorecard
A consumer planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school.
Massachusetts Bay Community College Scorecard on Ed.gov website →
The College Navigator
A consumer tool that provides school information to include tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool. The College Navigator is located at:
Massachusetts Bay Community College on The College Navigator →
The Net Price Calculator
By completing our Net Price Calculator, you will be able to estimate your costs to attend MassBay, as well as explore the grants, scholarships, and other aid programs you may be eligible to receive.
MassBay Net Price Calculator →
GI Bill® Comparison Tool
A helpful tool to explore the right fit for your educational goal and benefits use.
GI Bill® Comparison Tool →