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6.25.2010

DEA - VA benefit

I got another great question the other day. The daughter of a soldier had used the full 36 months of her dad's Post 9/11 GI Bill to get her bachelor's and start teaching. Now she wants to get her master's. She wondered if their was any program available since her dad was 100% disabled due to a service connected disability.

The answer is yes. She is eligible for the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance program or DEA. Under the Rule of 48, if a person qualifies for two or more GI Bills, that person can get a combined maximum benefit of 48 months. Since she used 36 months, she would get an additional 12 months of benefits to earn her master's degree.

Since the American College of Education Master's in Educational Technology she wanted takes 18 months, she would only have 6 months to pay on her own. With that good news she is going to enroll.

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