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 full-time or part-time enrollment.

Eligible recipients of this program include the spouse or child of a person who:

  • The 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

Eligibility

eligible veterans and dependents

Enrollment Requirements

You must be enrolled as a full-time, part-time or half-time student.

Application Instructions

Must complete VA online application.

(VONAPP) on VA website. 

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