Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Act (Chapter 35)

Survivors and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Act provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. Eligible spouses and dependents may receive up to 45 months of education benefits when a veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connect disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the armed forces. Please note: If you began your program on August 1, 2018 or after, you have 36 months to use your benefits.

How much a student receives in the monthly payment varies depending on the student’s course registration each semester.

Learn more about the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance chapter and review current payment rates.


Certification Process

To ensure an accurate certification and help avoid potential delays, be sure that the Veterans Office has a current Proof of Benefits on file. Please note that Georgetown University will only submit a certification without Proof of Benefits once and subsequent semesters require a letter to be on file.

To ensure enrollment and tuition information is up to date, certifications are typically sent 1-3 weeks prior to start of the semester. Once a certification has been submitted to the VA, an automated email will be sent to the student’s Georgetown email account with the update.

Once a student submits the online BRF, the request will be evaluated by the Main Campus Certification Team. After this review, the School Certifying Official will have credit hours, dates of enrollment, the tuition and fees, and rate of pursuit certified to the VA. Since these benefits are paid out based on your rate of pursuit (full-time/part-time status), instead of tuition reported, initial certifications will include tuition amounts. The VA will send monthly benefit payments directly to the student while the student is enrolled in classes.  Students receiving these benefits are required to pay their tuition and fees balance in full by the specified due date on the billing statement or set up a payment plan with the Office of Billing and Payment Services.

Recipients of Chapter 35 are required to verify their enrollment each month through the VA’s WAVE system for the months enrolled in classes.