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Tuition assistance for survivors or dependents of a veteran


Thursday, March 22, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers the Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA) program to help college-bound individuals who have lost a parent or spouse to a military-related incident make their educational goals a reality. This opportunity also applies to those whose loved one is missing in action, forcibly detained by a foreign power or receiving outpatient treatment for a service-related disability.

According to the VA’s Web site, an individual between the ages of 18 and 26 who is the son or daughter of a veteran who has died or was permanently disabled while serving their country is eligible to receive tuition assistance for full- or part-time attendance at an approved college or university. Assistance is also available for apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training and distance education. The spouse of a deceased or disabled service member is also eligible to receive these education benefits.

Any student who is deemed eligible for this program can receive up to 45 months of education benefits that can be applied toward the cost of his or her college degree. According to Military.com, students who are attending college full-time may receive approximately $950 per month in financial assistance. Monies awarded cover tuition and fees and room and board for students attending school half-time or more. Students attending less than half-time receive benefits for tuition and fees only.

Before enrolling in a school you should make sure that your selected program is approved for VA training. Eligible individuals should then acquire and fill out the VA Form 22-5490 and submit it to the VA regional office in the state where they plan to attend college.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800736012-ADNFCR

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