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Dependent Education Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

Dependent Education Assistance Program (Chapter 35) provides educational benefits to the spouse and child or children of veterans who either passed away or became 100% disabled as a result of a service-connected disability.

For more information about this program please click the following link http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/index.html

Survivors and dependents are allowed 45 months of full-time benefits. Spouses have 10 years from the date of the veteran's effective date of permanent and total disability rating or the veteran's death. For detailed information regarding spousal and dependent eligibility, please visit http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html.

How to Use Your Benefit with Trident University

Submit your VA paperwork to Trident University
Send Trident University a copy of your certificate of eligibility from the VA

  • If you have never applied for your Chapter 35 Education Benefits, visit the VONAPP website and complete the VA application online (VA Form 22-5490).
  • You will need to save a copy of the entire application and forward a copy via email to financialaid@trident.edu or via fax to 714-364-9570 Attn: FA Department.

Register for your classes
When you register for your courses at Trident University, choose “VA” as your method of payment. If you are unable to do so, please inform a VA certifying official that you are planning on using your VA benefits for that session.

Settle your Trident tuition
You will be required to settle your tuition with Trident University directly in order for your financial hold to be lifted. To do so, please contact our Finance Department to settle your tuition and have your course materials released. You may contact the Bursars Office at 800-375-9878 ext. 1062.

Helpful Links and Phone Numbers

Main VA website http://www.gibill.va.gov/ | 888-442-4551

VONAPP (VA benefits application website) http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

Enrollment Verification https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do | 877-823-2378

VA FAQs https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/answers/list

Other VA benefits 800-827-1000

Direct Deposit 877-838-2778