Chapter 35: Survivor’s and Dependent’s Education Assistance Program
Dependent’s Education Assistance (DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition.
The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Award amount is based on current VA pay rate for fulltime or parttime.
Who’s Eligible: spouse or child of a person who:
- VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total disability; and
- at the time of VA's determination is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment; and
- is likely to be discharged or released from service for this service-connected disability.
- is permanently and totally disabled as a result of, or dies of, a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of or be aggravated by active duty.
Need-based Aid: No
Award Amount: Based on current VA pay rate
This aid is for Eligible Veterans and Dependents
Enrollment Requirements: Full time, parttime and halftime
Application Form/Instructions:Must complete VA online application
(VONAPP) on VA website.