The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program (Chapter 35) offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
If you are eligible for both Fry Scholarship and DEA, you will be required to make an irrevocable election between the two programs when you apply. Dependents are not eligible to receive both DEA and Fry Scholarship based on the same event (like a Service member dying in the line of duty) unless he or she is a child whose parent died prior to August 1, 2011. A child whose parent died before August 1, 2011, may be eligible for both benefits but he/she may only use one program at a time and combined benefits are capped at a total of 81 months of full-time training. In this situation, the two benefit programs cannot be used concurrently.
You can find more information about this program on this page or by clicking on the link below:
Application Process and Documentation for the Dependents' Educational Assistance Program:
If you have started your educational program, take your application to your school or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, and send both forms to VA. He or she can submit an Enrollment Certification electronically using VA-ONCE.
Benefits are paid on a monthly basis directly to the Spouse or Dependent. Since this benefit is paid directly to the student, most students have Federal Financial Aid in place or are required to have a payment plan in place for their tuition and fees. For more information about paying for your tuition and fees, please contact the Military Specialist Team.
Those eligible for DEA benefits may also be eligible for this additional assistance:
Current payment rates can be found at:
If you are considering or planning to withdraw from a course:
CONTACT A MILITARY SPECIALIST IMMEDIATELY
Withdrawing from or failing a course may result in an overpayment between the student and the VA that you may be responsible to repay. Please contact a Military Specialist immediately if you are potentially withdrawing from or failing a course to discuss how this will impact your VA Benefits.