Spouse and Dependent VA Education Benefits and State Scholarships

Possible Available Benefits:

Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill

  • Transferred to the spouse or dependent from their service member. The service member has to transfer this benefit using eBenefits or can seek assistance from their Unit Admin Personnel/Retention NCO.
  • Fry Scholarship (Service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001 are given this benefit to help their surviving dependents pay for college.)

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY: If the benefit was transferred, no additional documentation should be needed. The Transfer of Eligibility (TOE) letter may be required in some cases but the VA should have this on file. It is not needed for application in our office. The Fry Scholarship will require the service members DD214, service member’s death certificate, marriage certificate for the spouse, or the birth certificate with the service members name present. The step child would need their birth certificate and the marriage certificate between parent and veteran. The adopted child would need their birth certificate and the adoption decree with the veteran's name present.

The Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill covers tuition and fees based on the percentage of eligibility. Those students using the Fry Scholarship will be awarded the 100% eligibility rate. Those students receiving the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit through a transfer will be awarded the percentage the service member is awarded for their service ranging from 40%-100%.

The Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill also awards the student with a book stipend. This book stipend is paid once a month. There is a $1000 cap, per academic year. It is awarded based on the student’s awarded percentage and rate of pursuit.

Chapter 35, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program

  • Offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY: The service members DD214, service member’s disability letter or death certificate. The spouse will need the marriage certificate. The natural child would need the birth certificate with the veteran's name present. The step child would need their birth certificate and the marriage certificate between parent and veteran. The adopted child would need their birth certificate and the adoption decree with the veteran's name present.

The Chapter 35, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program is a VA Education Benefit that pays the student a monthly stipend based on their rate of pursuit and the number of days class are in session per month.

MIA/POW Scholarship

If you are the dependent of a person who was an Illinois resident at the time he/she entered active duty and has been declared to be a prisoner of war, missing in action, dead as a result of a service-connected disability, or disabled with a 100 percent disability as the result of a service-connected cause as recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Department of Defense, you may be eligible to receive the MIA/POW Scholarship. This scholarship may be used at public colleges in Illinois, and is administered by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY: Service members DD214 and/or casualty report (if killed in service), award letter from USDVA sating veteran is 100% permanent and totally disabled and/or award letter from USDVA stating veteran’s death was ruled service connected. The spouse will need the marriage certificate. The natural child would need the birth certificate with the veteran's name present. The step child would need their birth certificate and the marriage certificate between parent and veteran. The adopted child would need their birth certificate and the adoption decree with the veteran's name present.

The MIA/POW Scholarship Application is currently only completed by filling out a paper application and faxing it with all required documentation and your class schedule to IDVA-Vets. The JALC Veterans Resource Office has this application available in office but can also be found here on our website.

The MIA/POW Scholarship covers the cost of in-state tuition at the institution. It does not cover any fees. The scholarship is paid directly to the institution, not the student.

All applications can be filled out in our office.  If using these benefits at John A. Logan College, the Veterans Resource Office prefers to have you fill out the application in our office so we can help you fill it out correctly and track the process of your application. However, you may fill out your application on your own at:  https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/

If you choose to apply outside of our office, please print and keep the proof of submission page. We ask you to do this so we can help you track your application should an issue arise.