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Veterans Services

Chapter 35 (DEA)

The Dependent’s Education Assistance Program was created for dependents whose sponsor is missing, forcibly detained, has died, or is 100% permanently and totally disabled in connection to active service.   The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

  • Spouses may use Chapter 35 between 10-20 years, depending on sponsor’s condition
  • Children may use Chapter 35 from age 18-26, though there are certain circumstances under which this can be extended
  • Benefits extend 45 months
The benefit is paid directly to the student in the form of a monthly stipend.
    • Dependents eligible for the Chapter 35 program whose veteran parent was a ND resident at the time of entry to service or who have been ND residents for 10 years or longer at the time the waiver is requested may also qualify for the ND Veterans Dependent Tuition Waiver for dependents of ND veterans.  The waiver is limited to 10 total semesters of undergraduate study throughout the ND University System and it may only be used toward the student’s first bachelor’s degree.  Contact the certifying official for more information about the waiver program.

For more information on the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program you may also call 1-888-GI-BILL-1.


For dependents of permanent and total disabled veterans, or those who have died as a result of their VA-rated disability

  • You only need to fill out an application for the GI Bill once; even if you switch schools. If you switch chapters, then you will need to apply for the new benefit

After you are certified for benefits Chapter 35 students can expect:

  • An email from the VA to the email address you provided confirming your certification within 1-3 business days. This will indicate the number of units certified.  Contact the Minot State Veteran Center if the units certified are not correct.
  • To begin receiving your Educational Assistance Allowance within 2-3 weeks

North Dakota Dependent Tuition Waiver

North Dakota century code 15-10-18.3 Any dependent, as defined in section 15-10-18.2 upon being duly accepted for enrollment into any undergraduate degree or certificate program of a North Dakota state institution of higher education, must be allowed to obtain a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion, for so long as the dependent is eligible, free of any tuition and fee charges if the bachelor's degree or certificate of completion is earned within a forty-five-month or ten-semester period or its equivalent and if tuition and fee charges do not include costs for aviation flight charges or expenses. Once an individual qualifies as a dependent under sections 15-10-18.2 and 15-10-18.3, the dependent may not be disqualified from the benefits of this section:
1. Due to the return of the prisoner of war;
2. Due to the return of the individual missing in action; or
3. Because the veteran through whom the benefit was obtained had a one hundred percent service-connected disability at the time of death.

You may access the application for the Minot State University's dependent tuition waiver application/request form by clicking on the following -> (link). 
The application requires you to provide a copy of the Veterans DD214 and a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility or letter addressed to the student from the Department of the VA indicating their eligibility for Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) benefits along with an application for the Minot State University Veteran Dependent Tuition Waiver.