Veteran Dependents

Dependents of veterans are eligible to apply for VA educational benefits under Chapter 35 Dependents Educational Assistance Program.

Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance Program (DEA)


  • Child or spouse of a veteran who has a 100%, service-connected disability
  • Child or widow whose parent/spouses death was service-connected


  • Complete and submit VA Form 22-5490

Kentucky Tuition Waiver: Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

A waiver of tuition is an education benefit provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of military service of certain Kentucky veterans. The tuition waiver is provided for children, stepchildren, adopted children, spouses, and un-remarried widows & widowers. An approved tuition waiver means a student may attend any two-year, four-year or vocational technical schools that are operated and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Private or out of state schools do not qualify for the Tuition Waiver.

You may qualify if one of the following is true of the veteran:

Died on active duty.
Died as a direct result of a service connected disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
100% service connected disabled.
Totally disabled (non-service connected) with wartime service as deemed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense.
Is deceased and lived in KY at time of death and served during a wartime period.
Award from Social Security Administration is not acceptable.

Kentucky residency is a requirement for both the veteran and the applicant. A deceased veteran must have been a Kentucky resident at the time of death.

To apply, visit: