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Dependent Students

There are three programs that dependent students may qualify for. Below are the details and contact information.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA), Chapter 35

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA), Chapter 35, provides education and training opportunities to dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled with a VA rating of 100% due to a service-related condition, or who died while on Active Duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers dependents up to 45 months of education benefits, which may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. In addition, spouses may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Contact Information
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue
Washington, DC 20420
Phone: (888) GI BILL1 (442-4551)

For more information or how to apply, visit the GI Bill website.

Tuition Fee Waiver for Dependents of Service-Connected Disabled Veterans

The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veterans’ Dependents waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover expenses like books, housing and parking. To be eligible, the student must:

  • Have a parent who is a disabled veteran (0% or more disabled); or
  • Have a spouse who is service-connected (S/C) deceased or rated 100% S/C disabled.
  • Be a child earning less than $11,945 per year (student’s income, not parents’). Note: there is no income limit for a spouse or children of S/C deceased or 100% S/C disabled veterans.
  • Attend a California Community College, California State University, or a University of California school.
  • The student must meet the in-state residency requirements as determined by the school
  • Provide proof of the student’s relationship to the veteran such as a copy of a birth or marriage certificate.

To obtain complete eligibility requirements and assistance in applying for these valuable benefits, please contact your local County Veterans Service Office or your school's veterans office.

Contact Information
California Department of Veterans Affairs
Division of Veterans Services
1227 O Street, Suite 105
Sacramento CA 95814
Phone: (916) 653-2573

For more information and how to apply, visit the Cal Vet website.

Transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill to a Dependent

The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to their spouse or children. Any member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and: Has at least 6 years of service in the Armed Forces on the date of election and agrees to serve 4 additional years in the Armed Forces from the date of election.

Contact Information
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue
Washington, DC 20420
Phone: (888) GI BILL1 (442-4551)

For more information or how to apply, visit the GI Bill website.