Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective October 1, 2013 some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they are eligible for more than one education benefit.

Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs for more information and current payment rates.

Apply online via VONAPP or complete VA Form 22-5490, Dependents’ Application for VA Education Benefits. Send it to the VA regional office with jurisdiction over the State where you will train. If you are a son or daughter, under legal age, a parent or guardian must sign the application.

If you have started training, take your application to the Veterans Services Office to complete VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, and send both forms to VA.

Select from the options below:

Continuing Students Steps to Complete Every Term

  • Register in myCuesta for classes on your SEP.
    Only classes related to your educational goal are eligible for certification.
  • If you are passing all your certified classes with a grade of "C" or better, complete the Veteran's Request for Certification and submit to the Veterans Resource Center.
  • If you are not passing one of your certified classes, make an appointment to get certified. Call (805) 546-3142.