35 - Survivors' & Dependent's Educational Assistance Program
I. Benefit Description
- Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training
opportunities to eligibledependents of certain veterans. The program
offers up to 45 months ofeducation 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.
- You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the
result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise
out of active service in the Armed
Forces. A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected
disability was in existence. A servicemember missing in action or
captured in line of duty by a hostile force. A servicemember forcibly
detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or
III. Period of Eligibility
If you are a son or daughter and wish to receive
benefits for attending school or job training, you must be between
the ages of 18 and 26. In certain instances, it is possible to begin
before age 18 and to continue after age 26. Marriage is not a bar
to this benefit. If you are in the Armed Forces, you may not receive
this benefit while on active duty. To pursue training after military
service, your discharge must not be under dishonorable conditions.
VA can extend your period of eligibility by the number of months
and days equal to the time spent on active duty. This extension
cannot go beyond your 31st birthday.
If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds
you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran.
IV. How to Apply
You should make sure that your selected program
is approved for VA training. If you are not clear on this point,
VA will inform you and the school or company about the requirements.
Obtain and complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors'
and Dependents' Educational Assistance. Send it to the VA regional
office with jurisdiction over the State where you will train. If
you are a son or daughter, under legal age, a parent or guardian
must sign the application.
If you have started training, take your application to your school
or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification,
and send both forms to VA.
V. Other Related Benefits
Work-Study Assistance Program Tutorial Assistance
For additional information see Survivors' and Dependents'
Educational Assistance Program-Pamphlet, visit our office, located in
Payne Hall, or give us a call at (706) 737-1606. Or contact your
local VA Regional Office for additional assistance by dialing the toll-free
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February 15, 2012
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