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Federal Education Benefits for Dependents of Veterans (Chapter 35)

HOW TO APPLY
The college's Veterans Certifying Official can provide VA Form 22-5490 (Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance) to apply for Chapter 35 benefits. A copy of this form may also be downloaded from the VA web site at http://www.gibill.va.gov . Submit the completed form to the college's Veterans Certifying Official.


WHAT DETERMINES ELIGIBILITY?
If a veteran is totally disabled due to service-connected injuries or diseases, or is an MIA/POW as determined by Congress, the spouse and dependent children may apply.


HOW ARE THE RECIPIENTS SELECTED?
The Department of Veterans Affairs reviews the applications and makes the selection based on their guidelines.


HOW IS THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD DETERMINED?
The amount of the annual award is determined by Congress. The program will pay for half-time through full-time attendance, and is subject to cost of living increases each year.


HOW AND WHEN ARE THE FUNDS PAID OUT?
The applications are submitted to the regional Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis. Initial payments may take two months to begin. Once the student begins receiving their monthly check, they will be paid each month for the previous month's attendance. The student can receive benefits for the equivalent of 45 full-time months.

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