Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance
What Is Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance ?
Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance is an education benefit for the spouses and children of certain veterans. Eligible persons can receive up to 45 months of benefits for:
- · College, Business, Technical or Vocational Courses
- · High School Diploma or GED
- · Correspondence Courses (Spouses Only)
- · Apprenticeship/Job Training
You may be eligible if the veteran
- · is found by VA to be totally and permanently disabled from a service-related disability, OR
- · died because of a service-related disability
- · you meet one of the following conditions: you are married to the veteran, OR
- · you are the deceased veteran's surviving spouse, and you haven't remarried, OR
- · you are the veteran's child and you're at least 18 years old.
- Generally, you must use this benefit within the following time periods:
- · spouse/surviving spouse: 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible
- · child: until age 26
- · Note: These time limits can be extended under certain circumstances. Call for details.
The amount VA pays is based on the type of training program you're in, and your training ~ time. In most cases, benefits are paid monthly. For example, VA pays $860 monthly for full-time training at a college or university. If your attendance is less than full-time, payments are reduced proportionately.
How Can I Apply?
You can apply by filling out VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance.
Special Benefits for Children with Disabilities
Educational Counseling Services
Education Loans (Spouses Only)