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The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA, Chapter 35) provides 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.

Effective 8/1/2018, the DEA program entitlement was reduced from 45 months to 36 months for first time users. Individuals who first enrolled in a program of education prior to August 1, 2018, would still qualify for a maximum of 45 months of entitlement. 

Effective 10/1/2018, the amount of educational assistance payable for pursuit of institutional courses and institutional courses under the DEA program. An eligible person will be entitled to a monthly allowance of $1,224 for full-time coursework, $967 for three-quarter time, and $710 for half-time coursework. 

For more information on Chapter 35 benefits, please visit the Veterans Affairs website or call VA at 1-888-442-4551.

JMU Chapter 35 Brochure

Current Chapter 35 Rates

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