The Survivors’ and Dependent’s Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35), provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled 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 up to 45 months of educational benefits. Spouses have up to 20 years from the date of death or disability to use these benefits and dependent children must use these benefits before the age of 26.
In order to apply for this program you will need to have a copy of the service member's DD-214 (discharge paper), a copy of the death certificate or disability rating letter, and proof of relationship. Apply by filling out a VA form 22-5490.
Learn more about Chapter 35 benefits on the Veterans Affairs website.
Washington State Tuition Waivers
The State of Washington also provides for a 100% tuition and fees waiver for dependents of veterans who are killed in action or 100% disabled. You can use this benefit at the same time as Chapter 35 benefits, described above.
Complete the waiver form and turn it in to the Veterans Resource Office to apply for these benefits. This application requires the same documentation as Chapter 35.