Chapter 35

General Overview

The Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and spouses of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of veterans who died while active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Learn more about the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance program from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Basic Eligibility

Spouse, children of a veteran and/or service member who meets at least one of the following requirements:

  • Is determined to be permanently and totally disabled from service connected causes.
  • Is on active duty and is likely to be discharged with a permanent and total disability.
  • Died in service.
  • Died of service connected causes.
  • Is currently missing in action or captured in the line of duty.

To Enroll


Required Forms for UC Davis

  • Submit the following documentation to the Office of the University Registrar through the OUR Veterans Portal:
    • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
    • Copy of DD-214 (Member 4 Copy)
    • Intake form
    • Academic Plan Form (APF) - submitted every term
  • If you used VA benefits at a prior institution, you are required to complete and return a VA form (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training) to the UC Davis Veterans Success Center. Veterans use VA Form 22-1995.