Chapter 35 Benefits

Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)

Chapter 35 offers education opportunities 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.

Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Benefit Pay Rate

  • You will receive a monthly living stipend which can be used at your own discretion. The pay rates are listed in the table below.
  • This amount will change and be pro-rated depending upon school holidays i.e. Spring break, Christmas break etc. The VA only pays for days that SDSU is in session.
  • Payment will come on the first of the month for previous month (Payment in April is really for March).

**Pay rate will increase on October 1 every year.

Training TimeMonthly Rate
Full time$1,041.00 
3/4 time$780.00 
1/2 time$519.00 
less than 1/2 time and more than 1/4 time$519.00**
1/4 time or less$260.25**