Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Rates

Family Day with Senior Master Sgt. Kristin Von Eschen and her two children.
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Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program rates
for the 2016-2017 year are effective from October 1st through September 30th. Every year these rates increase to offset the costs of education as they rise from inflation. This year’s rates increased by about 1%. The benefits for survivors and dependents last up to 45 months of schooling.

The DEA program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans. Eligibility requirements include dependents of permanently and totally disabled veterans or veterans who died while serving on active duty.


Institutional Training
Training Time Monthly rate
Full time $1,024.00
¾ time $767.00
½ time $510.00
less than ½ time and more than ¼ time $510.00 **
¼ time or less $256.00 **

Correspondence – Entitlement charged at the rate of one month for each $1,024.00 paid.

** Tuition and Fees ONLY. Payment cannot exceed the listed amount.

Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training
Training Period Monthly rate
First six months of training $747.00
Second six months of training $561.00
Third six months of training $369.00
Remainder of training $188.00
Farm Cooperative Training
Training Time Monthly rate
Full time $823.00
¾ time $619.00
½ time $410.00
Special Restorative Training
Training Period Monthly rate
Full Time $1,024.00
Accelerated Charges – Cost of Tuition and Fees in Excess of… $317.00
Entitlement Reduced 1 day for Each $34.13
(1/30th of full-time rate)

Source: Department of Veterans Affairs