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Benefit Summary:

Below is a summary of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance GI Bill® benefits. To fully determine your eligibility for this benefit, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at 888.442.4551.

The Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance GI Bill provides assistance to dependents of military service members with a service-connected, permanent, and total disability or who were MIA, POW or died in connection with a service-related disability.

Students are paid directly by the VA on a monthly basis while attending courses.

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP)

The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Program (VMSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90% disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict. (Scroll over highlighted text for additional information or see the note below). Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, the Virginia National Guard, or the Reserves. Armed conflict includes military operations against terrorism or as the result of a terrorist act, a peace-keeping mission, or any armed conflict after December 6, 1941.

  • NOTE: A Veteran's 90-100% disability must have been directly caused by the Veteran's involvement in: 1) military operations against terrorism; 2) a peacekeeping mission; 3) a terrorist act; 4) an armed conflict subsequent to December 6, 1941. The service connected disability cannot have been incurred during active duty that coincides with, but was not the direct result of, one of the listed events/missions.

The purpose of VMSDEP is to provide undergraduate or other postsecondary education to eligible participants by providing a waiver of tuition and all required fees associated with tuition at any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution granting a degree, diploma, or certificate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 months.

The Department of Veterans Services would like to announce that the new online portal for the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) is now live. You can access the portal at myvmsdep.dvs.virginia.gov. All new and existing VMSDEP clients should have accounts on the new portal. Please go to the website to set up your account.


NOVA remains committed to the education of military members and their spouses. We're an approved school for the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program. MyCAA allows military spouses to receive up to $4,000 in financial assistance for licenses, certificates, certifications or Associates Degrees (Excluding General Studies and Liberal Arts) necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth portable career fields.

More About MyCAA

MyCAA is a career development and employment assistance program sponsored by the Department of Defense. MyCAA helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or Associate's Degrees (excluding General Studies and Liberal Arts) necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth portable Career Fields.


Spouses of Active Duty Service Members:

  • Pay Grade E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2
  • Will complete education coursework while spouse is on Active Duty Title 10 Orders
  • Includes spouses of activated National Guard and Reserve components in pay grades

Here is the link to the MyCAA website: