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Federal Education Benefits for Survivors and Dependents of Veterans (Chapter35)

There are two main GI programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans. 

The Fry Scholarship provides benefits to eligible children and surviving spouses of Service memebers who died in the line of active duty after September 10, 2001. These benefits are part of the Post 911 GI Bill. Additional information is available at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affiars website: www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/Fry-Scholarship.asp 

The Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training oppurtunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. Additional information is available at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website: www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp 

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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