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Benefits for Dependents of Veterans

The VA Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA or Chapter 35) 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. Children may use the benefit while between the ages of 18 and 26.

Eligible persons can receive up to 45 months of full-time or equivalent benefits for:

  • College, business, technical or vocational courses, high school diploma or GED, independent study or distance learning courses
  • Correspondence courses (spouses only), apprenticeship/on-the-job training
  • Remedial, deficiency, and refresher training (in some cases)
  • Cost of tests for licenses or certifications needed to get, keep, or advance in a job

For more information, download the VA informational pamphlet [.PDF] or visit the Chapter 35 website. Offsite link To apply, visit the Applying for Benefits page. Contact the VA at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) with any questions.

Related Links

State benefits for dependents of veterans
Other financial assistance and benefits
Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (for surviving children) Offsite link
Scholarships for Military Children Offsite link


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