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64.117 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Public Laws 86-236, 89-358, 90-631, 92-540, 93- 508, 94-502, 95-202, 96-466, 98-460, 101-237, 101-508, 102-127, 102-568, 103-446, 104-275, 105-114, 105-206, 106-117; 106-419 and 107-103; 38 U.S.C. 3510.
To provide partial support to those seeking to advance their education who are qualifying spouses, surviving spouses, or children of deceased or disabled veterans who, as a result of their military service, have a permanent and total (100 percent) service- connected disability, or of service personnel who have been listed for a total of more than 90 days as currently missing in action, or as currently prisoners of war.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Assistance is in the form of monthly payments for a period up to 45 months to be used for tuition, books, subsistence, etc. The spouse has 10 years from the date of the veteran's disability rating or the date of notification that the veteran had a permanent and total service-connected disability, or any date between the two, her or his choice. When the veteran dies while a permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence, the surviving spouse has 10 years from the date of death. In all other cases the surviving spouse has 10 years from the date of death or the date of notification that the death was service-connected, or any date between the two, her or his choice. In the case of a spouse of a serviceperson who has been listed for a total of more than 90 days as currently missing in action or as currently a prisoner of war, education must be completed within 10 years from the date the serviceperson was listed as missing in action or listed as a prisoner of war. In the case of a child, eligibility generally exists between ages 18 and 26. The marriage of a child will not bar benefits but the remarriage of a surviving spouse will cause a surviving spouse's benefits to terminate. Special assistance for the educationally disadvantaged is provided without charge to entitlement for spouses, surviving spouses, and children. Benefits may be paid for courses that prepare eligible persons to take college or graduate school entrance examinations. Benefits may also be paid for any test that is necessary for licensing and certification needed to enter, maintain, or advance into employment in certain civilian occupations.
Applicant Eligibility: Spouses, surviving spouses, and children between age 18 and 26 of veterans who died from service-connected disabilities, of living veterans whose service-connected disabilities are considered permanently and totally disabling, of those who died from any cause while such service-connected disabilities were in existence, of servicepersons who have been listed for a total of more than 90 days as currently missing in action, or as currently prisoners of war.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Monthly certification of enrollment and pursuit for courses not leading to a college degree must be executed by the beneficiary. For college students, verification of pursuit is required near the end of the enrollment period.
Account Identification: 36-0137-0-1-702.
In fiscal year 2001, there were 44,820 participants. Estimates for subsequent periods are: fiscal year 2002, 48,907 participants, and fiscal year 2003, 52,120 participants.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
38 CFR 21.3001 - 21.3344; "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-01-1, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is: 051-000-0224-5.
Regional or Local Office: See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: