There are two main GI Bill programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans:
Comparison Chart for Surviving Spouses with both DEA and Fry Scholarship Eligibility
|Benefit Payments||Monthly amount paid directly to the student. The current monthly payment for full-time training is $1,018.||
Tuition & Fee Payment (Paid to School) - Full in-state tuition costs covered for training pursued at public institutions. Up to $20,035.02 per year at private institutions
Books and Supplies Stipend (Paid to Student) - Up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies. Paid to the student proportionately for each term.
Monthly Housing Allowance (Paid to Student) - Stipend based on local BAH for E-5 with dependents and paid monthly. Online students receive half of the BAH national average
|Duration of Benefits||
Surviving Spouses of those who died in the line of duty may use benefits for up to 20 years from the Servicemember's date of death.
15 years from the Servicemember's date of death
|Maximum Months of Benefits||45 months||36 months|
|Concurrent Receipt of DIC and Education Benefit for Spouse||Yes||
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Last updated October 28, 2014