Minnesota National Guard
Educational Assistance Program

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.
  • You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
Period of Eligibility

Dependents must be between the ages of 18 and 26. Marriage is not a bar to this benefit. If you are in the Armed Forces, you may not receive this benefit while on active duty. To pursue training after military service, your discharge must not be under dishonorable conditions. VA can extend your period of eligibility by the number of months and days equal to the time spent on active duty. This extension cannot generally go beyond your 31st birthday, there are some exceptions.
Spousal benefits end 10 years from the date of eligibility, declared by the VA, or from the date of death of the veteran.
How to Apply

You should make sure that your selected program is approved for VA training. If you are not clear on this point, VA will inform you and the school or company about the requirements. Complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance.

Send it to the VA regional office with jurisdiction over the State where you will train.
If you are a son or daughter, under legal age, a parent or guardian must sign the application. If you have started training, take your application to your school or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, and send both forms to VA.
Office Location

St. Paul VA Regional Office
1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling
St. Paul, MN 55111-4050
Phone: 1-800-827-1000
Fax: (612) 970-5415