DEA 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.
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
If you are a son or daughter and wish to receive benefits for attending school or job training, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26. In certain instances, it is possible to begin before age 18 and to continue after age 26. Marriage is not a bar to this benefit. If you are in the Armed Forces, you may not receive this benefit while on active duty. To pursue training after military service, your discharge must not be under dishonorable conditions. VA can extend your period of eligibility by the number of months and days equal to the time spent on active duty. This extension cannot generally go beyond your 31st birthday, there are some exceptions.
If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran.
You can apply by filling out VA Form 22-5490 - Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Assistance. The original VA Form 22-5490 and a University of Nevada, Reno Veteran's Course Submission Form must be submitted to the Veteran's Services staff.
You may also apply online at the Veterans On Line Applications (VONAPP) website. If you choose to apply online, please print out the application and bring it along with your class schedule to the University Veteran Services Office so we know that you applied online and can remind the Veterans Administration Office of your method of applying for benefits.
You can apply by filling out VA Form 22-5495 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training. The original VA Form 22-5495 and a University of Nevada, Reno Veteran's Course Submission Form must be submitted to the Veteran's Services staff.
Visit the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) web page. Or Call toll free 1-888-GI-BILL-1 [(888) 442-4551].