When a military spouse or parent is injured during service in the Armed Forces, military family life suffers in many areas. Rest assured that your military family's college education plans can remain intact, thanks to the Dependents' Educational Assistance program. In the unfortunate event of harm or injury to the military service member, the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) offers education benefits that support military dependents and veterans' spouses in earning a college degree or completing a training programs.
DEA offers up to 45 months of educational benefits towards a variety of post-secondary educational programs including tuition at a college or university; business, technical or vocational courses; independent study or apprenticeships; costs for tests for licenses or certificates required to practice a trade; distance learning and online schools. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
The amount of tuition and education benefits you receive from Dependents' Educational Assistance depends on the length and type of training or college degree program you choose. DEA pays benefits monthly with a maximum for full-time education of $925/ month.
To be eligible for DEA benefits, you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
Section 301 of Public Law 109-461 adds a new DEA-eligible category for DEA benefits: the spouse or child of a person who VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total disability, and at the time of VA's determination is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment, and is likely to be discharged or released from service for this service-connected disability.
The Department of Veterans Affairs may prescribe special restorative training where needed to overcome or lessen the effects of a physical or mental disability for the purpose of enabling an eligible person to pursue a program of education, special vocational program or other appropriate goal. Medical care and treatment or psychiatric treatments are not included.
This type of program may be approved for an eligible person who is not in need of Special Restorative Training, but who requires such a program because of a mental or physical handicap.
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