The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (MSDEP) provides educational assistance, for a maximum of 8 semesters of tuition and fees, 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 in an armed conflict. This program was formerly called Virginia War Orphans Education Program.

NOTE: A Veteran’s 90-100% disability must have been directly caused by the Veteran’s involvement in: 1) military operations against terrorism; 2) a peacekeeping mission; 3) a terrorist act; 4) an armed conflict subsequent to December 6, 1941. The service connected disability cannot have been incurred during active duty that coincides with, but was not the direct result of, one of the listed events/missions.

To be eligible for assistance under MSDEP, an applicant must meet eligibility requirements. If qualifications are met for this state program of benefits, an approval letter will be mailed to your home and a copy will be sent to JMU. The JMU VA Program Coordinators will forward copies of the approval letter to the University Business Office and Financial Aid Office for billing and financial aid purposes.

The VMSDEP application is must be submitted online; the paper application is no longer available. Click here to access the VMSDEP portal.

To learn more about the VMSDEP program - please visit the Virginia Department of Veterans Services website or contact:

VMSDEP Office:
Phone: (804) 786-0571
Fax: (804)-786-0809
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

James Monroe Building
101 North 14th Street, 17th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Attention - you may also be eligible for the Federal benefit, Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA). Visit our JMU website and the DVA website for more information and eligibility requirements.


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