DEPENDENT BENEFITS

Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)

  • Service member must have died on active duty or as the result of a service-related condition or be permanently and totally disabled due to a service related condition
  • Surviving children are eligible between the ages 18 to 26 and some exceptions may be made to extend benefits to age 31
  • DEA beneficiaries may receive 45 to 81 months of education benefits if used in conjunction with GI Bill benefits
  • Surviving spouses of service members who died on active duty must use the benefit within 20 years from the date of death
  • Surviving spouses or the spouses of permanently and totally disabled Veterans are eligible for 10 to 20 years based on specific circumstances of the case
  • Submit application and you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. If you selected a college or university they will also receive a copy
  • You may apply to the college or university and sign up for classes prior to receiving your COE but your benefits will not be effective until you have submitted the COE
  • Apply for benefit on VONAPP
  • Apply for benefit using VA Form 22-5940 online or print and mail to the nearest VA office
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Fry Scholarship

  • Children and surviving spouses of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001
  • Children are eligible after their 19th birthday (unless they have already graduated high school). A child may be married and over 23 and still be eligible. Eligibility ends on their 33rd birthday
  • Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • A spouse has 15 years from the date of death of the Service member to use the benefit
  • Apply for benefit using VA Form 22-5490 online or print and mail to the nearest VA office
  • If you are eligible for both Fry Scholarship and DEA, you will be required to make an irrevocable election between the two programs when you apply unless he or she is a child or parent died prior to August 1, 2011
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Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)

  • Spouse of active duty service members in pay grades E1 to E5, W1 to W2, and 01 to 02 and the spouse of activated Guard and Reserve members while activated
  • MyCAA does not apply to Coast Guard spouse due to this being a Department of Defense program
  • Payments are made directly to the financial institutions and students will not be reimbursed for any education expenses or receive any stipends
  • Benefit or $2000 per year with a maximum of $4000 total maximum assistance. Benefit is limited to associate degrees, certification and licensure. Benefits will also pay for high school completion courses, GED tests and English as a second language courses
  • Must complete program of study within 3 years
  • Spouse can visit the MyCAA Spouse Portal online and provide the required Spouse Profile information
  • A real-time Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System eligibility check will confirm if spouses meet MyCAA eligibility requirements
  • Once confirmed, spouses can move forward and establish a MyCAA Account. Those who do not pass will be provided additional guidance
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Eligibility – Child

Scholarship for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

  • Be a dependent child of a qualified veteran whose official military and residency status is certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Between the ages of 16 and 22
  • Be an initial eligible student prior to their 23rd birthday

 

Eligibility – Spouse

Scholarship for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

  • Spouse of a qualified veteran whose official military and residency status is certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Florida resident for one year immediately preceding the occurrence of the veteran’s disability or time of death
  • Must apply within 5 years and be married to the disabled veteran for one or more years, or remain unmarried after the deceased spouse

 

Additional Information

  • Children receive educational opportunity until such a time as the parent so classified as prisoner of war or missing in action is returned alive or until classified otherwise. Must complete FFAA by April 1st
  • Funding for spouses of disabled veterans are given only during the duration of the marriage and up to the point of termination of marriage by dissolution or annulment
  • List of eligible institutions
  • Fixed Award Amounts for Private Institutions