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Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

VA's Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain Veterans.

Basic Eligibility:

Eligible individuals are Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ dependents, spouses and surviving spouses who have been found eligible by the Regional Processing Office (RPO) because of one of the following:

  • The Veteran’s death was caused by the service-connected disability
  • The Veteran is rated for total and permanent service-connected disability
  • The Servicemember is Missing in Action (MIA)
  • The Servicemember is captured in the line of duty
  • The Servicemember is forcibly detained for longer than 90 days
  • The Servicemember who VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total disability that will result in a discharge from military service
  • Participants include a dependent child between the ages of 14 to 31 and a spouse, or surviving spouse, who qualifies for the benefit

 Services Include: 

 It's simple to apply. Just follow these steps: 

  • Log in to your Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) account at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/vonapp
  • Go to the Forms drop down box
  • Select and Apply for “VA Form 22-5490, Dependents Application for VA Education Benefits”
If you do not have access to VONAPP you may:
  • Open and Print VA Form 22-5490, Dependents Application for VA Education Benefits
  • Complete and mail the form to your nearest VA Regional Processing Office, which has jurisdiction over the State where you’ll advance your education and training 

NOTE: Counseling is required under 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 21.3102 when the eligible individual has a disability and may require SRT or SVT. Additional information is available in VA Pamphlet 22-73-3, published on VA's Dependents' Educational Assistance webpage.