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Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Program

Chapter 35 provides up to 45 months of education benefits to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

For information on eligibility for benefits under Chapter 35, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp

Step 1. Apply with the VA to use Dependents' Education Assistance at Winthrop.

Students using DEA for the first time

Fill out VA Form 22-5490 and either return it to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator or mail it to the VA Regional Processing Office, P.O. Box 8888, Muskogee, OK 74402-8888. Once the VA processes your application, they will send you a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. When you receive this Certificate, you should submit a copy to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator at Winthrop University.

Transfer students who have previously used DEA

Fill out VA Form 22-5495 and either return it to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator or mail it to the VA Regional Processing Office, P.O. Box 8888, Muskogee, OK 74402-8888. The VA will then process your application.

All transfer students must provide official transcripts from all prior institutions of higher education to Winthrop's Office of Admissions. This is a requirement for all students using VA Education Benefits. The Department of Veteran Affairs requires the Veterans Benefits Coordinator at Winthrop to officially report all prior credits completed at other higher education institutions that can be applied towards the degree program that the student is pursuing at Winthrop.

Transient students attending Winthrop as a Guest Student

If you are pursuing a degree at another university and would like to use your DEA benefits to take classes toward that degree at Winthrop, please have the School Certifying Official at your home school send a Parent Letter to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator at Winthrop.

Step 2. Contact the Veterans Benefits Coordinator at Winthrop University.

All students using VA educational benefits should complete the Student Profile Sheet (pdf - 347 kb) and Compliance Agreement (pdf - 115 kb) and return them to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator. Once the student has registered for classes, he/she should send the Veterans Benefits Coordinator a copy of his/her course schedule. Once the Veterans Benefits Coordinator has this information, she can send the Enrollment Certification to the VA. Once the VA receives the certification, they begin processing payments, which are paid directly to the student.

Step 3. Stay up to date.

Let the Veterans Benefits Coordinator know if you make any changes to your enrollment, including schedule changes, withdrawing from classes, and major/minor changes. Failure to keep up-to-date records can result in an overpayment by the VA, which could result in you owing a large balance to the VA.

Each semester that you would like to use VA Educational Benefits, turn in a copy of your schedule once it is finalized to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator.

For the above program, eligibility is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, not by Winthrop University. For information on benefit eligibility, please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.

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