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Survivors forum january 2015 public release

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Public Release slide presentation on the Veteran's Administration Fry Scholarship. An update for 2015

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Survivors forum january 2015 public release

  1. 1. Education Benefits for Survivors - Update This presentation was provided to the Survivors' Benefits Forum on January 12, 2015 and should not be considered a comprehensive overview. More information about VA Education Benefits programs like the Fry Scholarship may be found at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
  2. 2. Agenda  Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program (Chapter 35)  Expanded Fry Scholarship  Eligibility  Details  How To Apply  Frequently Asked Questions
  3. 3. Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance  Benefits for 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  45 months of entitlement  $1,018.00 per month (full-time)
  4. 4. Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance  18-26 years old for children  Marriage does not disqualify children from this benefit  Surviving spouse has 10 years from date of death of the Veteran, or from the date VA finds him or her eligible.  20 years if the Veteran died on active duty
  5. 5.  PL 113-146, Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act passed in August (The Choice Act of 2014)  Section 701 of the Choice Act extends Fry to surviving spouses of Active Duty Servicemembers who died in the line of duty after 9/10/2001 Fry Scholarship - Update
  6. 6. Fry Scholarship - Overview  Benefits for children or spouses of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty after 9/10/2001  36 months of benefits at the 100% level  Full tuition & fees for public in-state schools  Capped max $ for private, out of state, or foreign schools  Monthly housing allowance  Books and supplies stipend
  7. 7.  15 years to use the benefit beginning on his/her 18th birthday  May use benefit at earlier age if high school has been completed  Children under legal age need a parent/guardian to sign the application  Must elect either Fry or DEA  May use remaining benefits until his or her 33rd birthday  Child may be married and still be eligible  Not eligible for Yellow Ribbon Eligibility - Children
  8. 8.  Have 15 years from Service Member’s death OR until date of remarriage to use  Not eligible for Yellow Ribbon  Must elect either Fry or DEA  VA cannot pay benefits for training prior to January 1, 2015 Eligibility - Spouses
  9. 9.  Total # of children using Fry (FY13): 1,279  Total # of new Fry spouse applications: 333  Data as of 12/24/2014 Status of Fry Applications
  10. 10.  Call 1-888-GI Bill-1 (888-442-4551) to request an application  Visit our website (www.benefits.va.gov/gibill)  Complete VA Form 22-5490, Dependents’ Application for VA Education Benefits How To Apply
  11. 11.  Will divorce or death after remarriage nullify non-entitlement for Fry for spouses?  Short answer: No  The surviving spouse loses eligibility for Fry on the date of remarriage. If the remarriage later results in divorce, annulment, or death, the surviving spouse does not regain Fry eligibility. PLEASE NOTE: this is not like DEA where the spouse would regain eligibility Frequently Asked Questions
  12. 12.  Is a spouse eligible for DIC and Fry if he or she elects Fry?  Short answer: Yes  A spouse will not lose DIC eligibility while receiving Fry Scholarship  How is the application completed?  An applicant can fill the application out electronically as a PDF then mail, fax, or email the application to VA Frequently Asked Questions
  13. 13.  Will VA contact a spouse who is eligible for both Fry and DEA but not using benefits and ask them to make an irrevocable election?  Short Answer: No  VA will attempt to contact any surviving spouse not currently in receipt of DEA but potentially eligible for Fry to inform of their potential eligibility  VA will NOT require an irrevocable election until an application is received for benefits Frequently Asked Questions
  14. 14.  Will the DEA application be updated to reflect that an irrevocable election must be made?  Short answer: Yes  VA form 22-5490 (Application for Dependent Benefits) has been updated and is available online Frequently Asked Questions
  15. 15.  Example: Current DEA has 20 months remaining and must make irrevocable election to get Fry. He/she will be attending school after 1/1/15. Will he or she get all 36 months of Fry?  Short answer: Yes  They may be entitled to additional 36 months of Fry if no additional education benefits have been used (excl. DEA). Frequently Asked Questions
  16. 16.  For a Veteran entitled to Post-9/11 through their own service; will the irrevocable election between DEA and Fry nullify his/her entitlement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill?  Short answer: No  The election is only between DEA and Fry. It will have no impact on the claimant’s entitlement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on their own service or through transfer of entitlement Previously Submitted Questions

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