Dependent of a Disabled Veteran
(Chapter 35)

Dependent of a 100% Permanently and Totally Disabled Veteran
Survivors/Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA), Chapter 35
Detailed Information
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. These benefits can be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you can take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses can be approved under certain circumstances.

To begin the certification process for VA benefits, you must submit the appropriate paperwork to the Office of Veterans Affairs building R room 110, following the guidelines listed below.

Your Status Education Forms
First-time application for VA benefits? Application for Benefits - You need ALL of these :
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (dependent) or Marriage Certificate (spouse), required for certification
  • Copy of 
    Disability Letter (stating veteran is 100% P&T), required for certification
  • Copy of SF Schedule for current semester, required for certification
  • Copy of Unofficial transcripts for any previous earned college credit, required for certification
  • VA Form 
    22-5490 (PDF)
  • SF Form, required for certification
    Request Enrollment Certification (PDF)
  • SF Form, required for certification
    Prior Credit Acknowledgement (PDF)
  • SF Form, required for certification
    Veterans Accountability Statement (PDF)
  • Read and retain
    VA-Information Sheet (PDF)
Transfer of Benefits From Another School? Application for Benefits - You need ALL of these :
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (dependent) or Marriage Certificate (spouse), required for certification
  • Copy of  Disability Letter (stating veteran is 100% P&T), required for certification
  • Copy of SF Schedule for current semester, required for certification
  • Copy of Unofficial transcripts for any previous earned college credit, required for certification
  • VA Form, required for certification  22-5495 (PDF)
  • SF Form, required for certification
    Request Enrollment Certification (PDF)
  • Read and retain
    VA-Information Sheet (PDF)
 
Previously Certified at SF with No Change in Status? Continuing Student at SF – You need ALL of these :  
Change of Major? Request for Change of Program or Place of Training – You need ALL of these :
  • Copy of SF Schedule for current semester, required for certification
  • Copy of SF Complete degree audit, required for certification
  • Copy of SF Change of Major Form, required for certification
  • VA Form, required for certification 
    22-5495 (PDF)
  • Read and retain
    VA-Information Sheet (PDF)
Not Certified at SF for Two Consecutive Terms or More? Request for Change of Program or Place of Training – You need ALL of these :
  • Copy of  Birth Certificate (dependent) or Marriage Certificate (spouse), required for certification
  • Copy of Disability Letter (stating veteran is 100% P&T), required for certification
  • Copy of SF Schedule for current semester, required for certification
  • Copy of SF Complete degree audit, required for certification
  • VA Form, required for certification 
    22-5495 (PDF)
  • SF Form, required for certification
    Request Enrollment Certification (PDF)
  • SF Form, required for certification
    Prior Credit Acknowledgement (PDF)
  • SF Form, required for certification
    Veterans Accountability Statement (PDF)
  • Read and retain
    VA-Information Sheet (PDF)

General Information 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. 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.

Who is Eligible?  
You may be eligible if the veteran  
Is found by VA to be totally and permanently disabled from a service-related disability, OR 
Died because of a service-related disability 
AND 
You meet one of the following conditions: 
You are married to the veteran, OR 
You are the deceased veteran's surviving spouse, and you haven't remarried, OR 
You are the veteran's child and you're at least 18 years old.   Generally, you must use this benefit within the following time periods:  
Spouse/surviving spouse: 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible 
Child: until age 26

Note: These time limits can be extended under certain circumstances. Call the Atlanta RPO at 1-888-GIBILL1 for more details.

NEW Section 301 of Public Law 109-461 adds a new category to the definition of “eligible person” for DEA benefits.  The new category includes the spouse or child of a person who:

  • VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total disability; and
  • at the time of VA's determination is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment; and
  • is likely to be discharged or released from service for this service-connected disability.

Persons eligible under this new provision may be eligible for DEA benefits effective December 23, 2006, the effective date of the law. For more information contact your local VA office. See HERE.

How Much Does VA Pay?  
The amount VA pays is based on the type of training program you're in, and your training time. Click here for payment chart.  

How Can I Apply?  
When you choose an approved training program, follow the above chart, download, print, complete, and submit all required paperwork (in person, fax, or mail) to the Santa Fe College Office of Veterans Affairs. The Santa Fe College Office of Veterans Affairs will send your paper work to the Atlanta Regional Processing Office (RPO) for processing.  

For: Detailed Information

Related Benefits
Work-Study Program
Tutorial Assistance

For more information contact us at:

Office of Veterans Affairs
Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd St.
Gainesville, FL. 32606
Phone: 352-395-5505 
Fax: 352-381-7017 
Email: Veterans@sfcollege.edu

John Gebhardt, Veterans Advocate john.gebhardt@sfcollege.edu
The Santa Fe College Veterans Affairs office is available to assist you in receiving educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are also available to assist you in other areas to help assure your academic success. Our main goal is to provide educational benefit programs and other supportive services to veterans, national guardsmen, reservists, and eligible dependents enrolled at SF.