Survivors and Dependents Assistance
There are two main education benefit programs offering assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans:
- The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) is available for children and spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
- The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) Program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. This program is also known as Chapter 35.
You may be eligible for more than one of these programs. In most situations, you will be required to make an irrevocable election between the DEA program and Fry Scholarship when you apply. Beneficiaries are not able to use the same qualifying event for more than one benefit unless you are a child of a Servicemember that died in the line of duty prior to August 1, 2011.
|Benefit Payments||Monthly amount paid directly to the student. The current monthly payment for full-time training is $1,018.||
Tuition & Fee Payment (Paid to School) - Full in-state tuition costs covered for training pursued at public institutions. Up to $20,035.02 per year at private institutions
Books and Supplies Stipend (Paid to Student) - Up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies. Paid to the student proportionately for each term.
Monthly Housing Allowance (Paid to Student) - Stipend based on local BAH for E-5 with dependents and paid monthly. Online students receive half of the BAH national average
|Duration of Benefits||Surviving Spouses of those who died in the line of duty may use benefits for up to 20 years from the Servicemember's date of death.||15 years from the Servicemember's date of death|
|Maximum Months of Benefits||45 months||36 months|
|Concurrent Receipt of DIC and Education Benefit for Spouse||Yes||Yes|