Survivors and Dependents Benefits (Chapter 35) provide educational benefits to spouses and children of veterans who either died while in service, died as a result of a service-connected disability, or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of their military service.
For more information on Chapter 35 benefits, please visit the Veterans Affairs website or call VA at 1-888-442-4551.
***Attention*** - Receiving VA Benefits does not automatically qualify a dependent/spouse for in-state tuition/residency (if from out-of-state). There are certain requirements that must be met to qualify. Please direct any questions to Admissions at 540-568-5681 if you are a prospective/in-coming student or contact Linda Combs in the Business Office at 540-568-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a current student (for reclassification).
Chapter 35 recipients - Please pay all student account charges by the University Business Office deadlines each semester. Chapter 35 benefits pay a monthly stipend that goes directly to the student; therefore, JMU requires Chapter 35 recipients to make arrangements (monthly payment plan, check, loans, grants, financial aid, etc) to cover account charges by the traditional payment deadlines. If you are eligible for the Virginia benefit MSDEP, then that can be factored into covering your account charges (for tuition).
***Attention*** - You may also be eligible for the Virginia state tuition waiver benefit - Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (MSDEP). Visit our website and the Virginia DVS website for more information.
***Attention*** - If you are a dependent child, please inquiry about the Fry Scholarship to see if you would qualify.
Application Process: Eligibility for benefits begins with the "one-time only" application
Complete and submit to VA: VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance, through the VONAPP website.
Once you have applied and received your Certificate of Eligibility from VA, please contact:
Trudy Ham/Kelly Burch
VA Certifying Official
Office of the Registrar - Student Success Center 5300
If you are a current JMU student wanting to continue using your Chapter 35 benefits for the upcoming/current semester, you need to:
If you've received Chapter 35 benefits at another college or university, you will need to provide:
JMU's VA Certifying Official will process a student's request for benefits and within 6-8 weeks, VA will generate and mail an active award benefit letter to the student. Monthly payments are mailed to the spouse or dependent's address.