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Chapter 35: Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEAP)

You may be eligible if you are the spouse or dependent of a veteran who:

  • Is totally and permanently disabled from a service-related injury.
  • Died due to a service-related injury.

Benefit Guidelines

You will receive a monthly stipend for personal use. You will receive a full benefit for full-time enrollment; the benefit will be reduced proportionately for part-time enrollment. Visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/GIBillInfo/rates.htm for complete information on current rates.

Generally, spouses must use this benefit within 10 years from the date their eligibility was determined by USDVA. Children must use the benefit between age 18-26.

Your benefit affects financial aid in the same way as scholarships or other need-based education resources. Chapter 35 benefits do not affect your eligibility for Federal Pell.

Documentation Required for Chapter 35

To receive education benefits, you must have a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). A COE can be obtained by going to the Department of Veteran Affairs website and applying for your federal GI Bill education benefits utilizing their Veteran On-Line Application (VONAPP).

Please submit completed forms or document copies to either the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Veteran Advisors Office, according to your circumstances.

If you have never applied for benefits submit a:

  1. Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational (22-5490) through VONAPP
  2. Certificate of Eligibility to the Veteran Advisors Office
  3. Veterans Enrollment Reporting Form to the Veteran Advisors Office

If you have had a one-year break in attendance at the College, or if you used your benefit at another institution submit a:

  1. Change of Program or Place of Training (22-5495) through VONAPP
  2. Certificate of Eligibility to the Veteran Advisors Office
  3. Veterans Enrollment Reporting Form to the Veteran Advisors Office

If you received your benefit at NOVA within the last year submit a:

  1. Veterans Enrollment Reporting Form to the Veteran Advisors Office