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Virginia Military Survivors & Dependents Education Program

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program
The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Program (VMSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90 percent disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict. (Scroll over highlighted text for additional information or see the note below). Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, the Virginia National Guard, or the Reserves. Armed conflict includes military operations against terrorism or as the result of a terrorist act, a peace-keeping mission, or any armed conflict after December 6, 1941.

  • NOTE: A Veteran’s 90-100% disability must have been directly caused by the Veteran’s involvement in: 1) military operations against terrorism; 2) a peacekeeping mission; 3) a terrorist act; 4) an armed conflict subsequent to December 6, 1941. The service connected disability cannot have been incurred during active duty that coincides with, but was not the direct result of, one of the listed events/missions.

The purpose of VMSDEP is to provide undergraduate or other postsecondary education to eligible participants by providing a waiver of tuition and all required fees associated with tuition at any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution granting a degree, diploma, or certificate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 months.

VMSDEP Online Application

The Veteran Education Training & Employment (VETE) directorate of DVS is pleased to offer a new VMSDEP online application process.  Applications for the VMSDEP entitlement will only be accepted via the online application portal. Please call (804) 225-2083 should you have any questions about submitting an application online.

Due to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) digitization of Servicemembers and Veterans records and DVS’s new application process, please fax the listed documentation as a supplement to your online application to our office at (804) 786-0809:

  • DD Form 214/Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Member Copy 4
  • In the instances of deceased Veteran, please provide:
    • DD Form 1300/Report of Casualty if the Veteran died while on active duty; or
    • Death Certificate and DD Form 214/Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty , Member Copy 4 if the Veteran died succeeding active duty service
  • Marriage License (for Spouse)
  • Birth Certificate or Adoption Decree/Court Order (for Child)
  • Official documents to show that the Veteran’s death or the Veteran’s service-connected condition(s ) for which the Veteran is considered by the VA to be permanently and totally disabled or at least 90 percent disabled resulted from a war, expedition, occupation of an area or territory, battle, skirmish, raid, invasion, rebellion, insurrection, guerilla action, riot or any other action in which the Veteran was engaged with a hostile or belligerent nation, faction, force, or terrorists.

Official documents you may submit, but are not limited to, are VA Rating Decision Narratives and VA Code Sheets, relevant Service Medical Record Extracts, relevant Military Personnel File Extracts, prior military disability board decisions, line of duty determinations, Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) eligibility information that include the Veteran’s combat-related percentage, and casualty reports.

If you have appointed a Veterans Services Organization (VSO) or representative to assist you with Veterans support services, you may contact your VSO or representative to assist you in obtaining the requested information as listed above. If you have not appointed a VSO or representative, you may contact the VA at 1-800-827-1000 for a list of VSOs and representatives recognized or approved to provide services to the Veteran community.

DVS may also access information held by  your VSO or representative that may be used to determine your eligibility for VMSDEP. Please complete the form below and fax to (804) 786-0809 with the documentation requested above.

Information Release Authorization

Processing of the VMSDEP application submission will begin with the receipt of all of the requested document.

Click on the application link below to proceed:

Online Application »


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, children and spouses of qualifying veteran service members must meet the following requirements:

  • The dependent child must be between the ages 16 and 29 inclusively; there is no age restriction for spouses
  • The qualifying military service member must be a current Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia presently and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission or must have entered military service as a citizen of Virginia
  • In the case of a deceased qualifying military service member, the surviving spouse can meet the residency requirements contingent upon:
    1. Having been a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia for five consecutive years prior to marrying the military service member or
    2. Presently being a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission

Required Documentation

In most cases, eligibility will be determined using documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, the veteran or surviving spouse may be asked to provide documentation verifying residency or the applicant’s age or relationship. State income tax records, birth certificates, and/or marriage certificates are usually sufficient.

Wartime Service

Name Dates

Military Operations:

United Nations Peacekeeping Missions:

To learn more about the VMSDEP program

Contact Information

Phone: (804) 225-2083
Fax: (804) 786-0809



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