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. This program may pay for tuition and fees at any state-supported college or university. This program waives tuition and fees in Virginia. Benefits are available for up to four years.
- 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 simply have been incurred during active duty service that coincides with one of the listed events/missions.
The Veteran Education Training & Employment (VETE) division 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.
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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:
- 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
- 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
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.
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To learn more about the VMSDEP program
Phone: (804) 225-2083
900 East Main Street
Hours: Monday through