Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

Survivors and dependents programs provide education assistance to family members of veterans who became permanently disabled or died from a service-related cause.

Ch. 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

The Survivors’ and Dependents Educational Assistance Program 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. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

For questions about eligibility, call the GI Bill helpline at (888) 442-4551.

For steps on how to establish education benefits at VCU, see our Chapter 35 checklist.

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program

The Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner or who became at least 90 percent disabled as a result of military service.

This program may pay for tuition and fees at any state-supported college or university. Benefits are available for up to four years.
According to VMSDEP regulations, a student's tuition and mandatory fees for a program owned by VCU can be paid using VMSDEP benefits. If the program is not owned by VCU, the student cannot use VMDSEP benefits to pay tuition and mandatory fees. 
To continue receiving VMSDEP benefits, qualifying enrolled students must provide a letter to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services stating their continued enrollment.

Apply for this program through the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.