College Financing Plan - Shopping Sheet

Oregon State is committed to providing the College Financing Plan (Shopping Sheet) to all prospective veterans and service members. This personalized Shopping Sheet contains standardized information describing the cost of attending and the federal and state financial aid available. 

College Financing Plan

The College Financing Plan (Shopping Sheet) is a consumer tool the College uses to notify students, who file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are using Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits, about their financial aid packages.  It is a standardized form designed to help students make informed decisions about funding their education who have applied to multiple institutions.

What is the difference between the College Financing Plan and the offer letter?

Oregon State makes every effort to provide each financial aid recipient with an offer letter that is clear and complete. Since colleges and universities use many different formats for their offer letters, students may find it difficult to compare the financial aid offers from various schools. The College Financing Plan is a standardized form used by schools that have agreed to comply with the VA’s Principles of Excellence.

The Principles are designed to help ensure that students can make good educational and financial decisions using a clear, comparative tool that evaluates various financial aid offers. The college financing plan generates figures that are estimates only and all tuition rates and fees are subject to change without notice.

Will all veteran students have access to the College Financing Plan?

Students who file a FAFSA and indicate on their application for admission that they are using VA education benefits will receive a College Financing Plan.

Where can I view my College Financing Plan?

Your College Financing Plan will be available through The Financial Aid Portal once your financial aid offer has been processed.


For questions about Military-related education benefits, please contact the Veterans and Military Certifying Team at [email protected].

Step-by-step instructions on using VA and Military benefits at OSU are available on our VA and Military Education Benefit Certification page.

Information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

Additional tools to help estimate the cost of your education are provided on the Office of Financial Aid webpage. 

An in-depth description of cohort default rates and how the rates are calculated is available on the U.S. Department of Education's Default Prevention and Managment website: enter our OPEID number 003210.

  • A Cohort Default Rate (CDR) is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1st to September 30th, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year. If Oregon State University's CDR ever rises above the national average, this site will be updated to reflect such a change.