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Dependents Educational Assistance CH 35

Dependents Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans.

How do I apply for benefits?

Visit, choose apply for benefits, navigate to the VONAPP. After reading the instructions and starting the VONAPP, select form 22-5490, the Application for Benefits.

How do I get started with UT?

Have you used VA educational benefits before?

  • Yes:
    • Submit certificate of eligibility to your veterans certifying official
    • 22-5495 Change of Place of Training
  • No:
    • Go to and fill out the VONAPP (for 22-5490) to apply for benefits.
    • Then…
    • Submit certificate of eligibility to your veterans certifying official

What does the veterans certifying official do?

Your veterans certifying official (VCO) submits online form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, to notify the VA that you're currently registered and attending classes. The VCO will certify your enrollment every term prior to the start of each term. The VCO will also monitor your enrollment and report changes in enrollment to the VA. Changes in enrollment may create adjustments in your benefits payout.

When will I get paid?

You should get paid starting the month following your first month of class and then every month thereafter. Payments for CH 35 are considered "in arrears," meaning you will get paid at the first of the month for the month that you just finished.

How much will I get paid?

Please visit for payment rates.

Do I have to pay my UT tuition ahead of time while receiving DEA benefits?

Yes. You must pay your invoice for tuition, fees and housing by the published deadlines each term. Your DEA benefits are meant to subsidize your college tuition expenses.