On January 5, 2021, the President signed the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (P.L.116-315) into law. This new law brings significant changes to the Veteran's education benefits.
Effective August 1, 2022 all students using Chapter 35 benefits will be billed as in-state students. Please note that being billed as an in-state student will make you ineligible for the Chancellors Award or any other award specific for students being billed as out of state.
Beginning Fall 2021 Student Veterans must complete the Certification Request each semester they are enrolled. Certification won’t happen until the form is received by the certifying official at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective August 1, 2021 all students using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11), Chapter 31 (Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation), Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty) or receiving benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship will be billed as in-state students provided they live in the state of Massachusetts while attending classes. This includes veteran dependents who are using transferred Post 9/11 entitlement. Please note that being billed as an in-state student will make you ineligible for the Chancellors Award or any other award specific for students being billed as out of state.
In order to use your VA education benefits at UMass Amherst, your program must be approved by the VA and listed on WEAMs https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do
For a full list of changes, please read the fact sheet for P.L. 116-315
Fact Sheet for P.L.116-315
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