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Education for Military Dependents

Take steps towards a new career. Earn your high school diploma. Take a course to sharpen your skills or follow your passion. Whatever you decide, Penn Foster is here to help. Not only do we offer a variety of flexible education options, but our experts can answer questions about your military benefits and how they apply to educational opportunities for you, your spouse, and your children.

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The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) Program

This program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and career programs, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training.

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To be eligible, you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected to permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability.

A child may apply to use benefits for our degree programs however a child of a veteran cannot use their benefits for correspondence programs with the exception of transferred benefits from the veteran under chapter 33.

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