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Chapter 35: Dependents' Educational Assistance

The children or spouse of a veteran that has died, been captured, or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty may be eligible to receive benefits under Chapter 35. Chapter 35 provides up to 45 months of education benefits, which can be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training.

In order to be eligible for Chapter 35 benefits, you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service connected disability
    The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service disability was in existence
  • A service member forcibly detained or interred in line of duty by a foreign government or power
  • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force
  • A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and likely to be discharged for that disability

Chapter 35 benefits include a monthly stipend for personal use. The amount of educational benefits paid by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs depends on the number of credit hours the student is enrolled in per semester. If the student is full time Veterans Affairs will pay the full amount of educational benefits – this will be reduced proportionally based on part-time enrollment.

*Veterans Affairs does not pay the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Spouses have ten years after eligibility is established to use Chapter 35 benefits. Children dependents must be between the ages of 18 and 26 in order to use Chapter 35 benefits.

To apply for Chapter 35 benefits:

  1. Fill out VA form 22-5490 and submit through VONAPP.
  2. Once this is completed, the Department of Veterans Affairs should send the student a Certificate of Eligibility.
  3. The student should submit a copy of this Certificate of Eligibility to Kelsey Byard, Veteran and International Admissions Specialist, in the Admissions and Records Office (Middletown, 170).
Veteran dependents using Chp. 35 VA benefits should also apply for the Commonwealth of Virginia Dependents Education benefits at Check the link for Benefits, then Education.

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