Chapter 35: Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

Chapter 35: Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

  • The DEA Program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are:
    • Permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition; or
    • Died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
  • Benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job-training.
  • Under certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved.
  • You may receive up to 45 months of education benefits.
  • Effective October 1, 2013, in some cases, DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for up to 81 months of GI Bill benefits.
    • This may be a possibility if you use DEA Program in conjunction with an entitlement from other VA education programs.
    • Depending on eligibility and if you are eligible for more than one education benefit, you can only use one benefit at a time.
    • Combined benefits are capped at a total of 81 months of full-time training.
  • There are varying factors for the dependents (child and spouse) of the Veteran which the VA addresses specifically.