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/GI_Bill_Info/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 ages of 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 Eligibilty (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 Registrars Office, according to your circumstances.

If you have never applied for benefits, submit

  1. An Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational (22-5490) through VONAPP
  2. A Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Military Services
  3. A Veterans Registration Reporting Form to the Registrars Office

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

  1. A Change of Program or Place of Training (22-5495) through VONAPP
  2. A Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Military Services
  3. A Veterans Registration Reporting Form to the Registrars Office

If you received your benefit at George Mason University within the last year, submit:

  1. A Veterans Registration Reporting Form to the Registrars Office