The Veterans Education Assistance Program offered tuition assistance to Servicemembers who started active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985. The program is no longer offered, except to those who enrolled during its active period. Participants made contributions from their military pay that the government matched on a 2-for-1 basis.
Eligible veterans are able to receive one to 36 months of educational assistance, based on the number of monthly contributions they made. Funds can be used for many different types of training, including:
Veterans may be eligible to receive educational assistance through the program if they meet the following conditions:
VEAP benefits must be used within 10 years of separation from the military. If the veteran does not use their educational benefit during this time period, their contribution is refunded automatically.
Veterans should check with the VA to ensure their program of choice is covered by the Veterans Education Assistance Program. Participants must download and complete VA Form 22-1990 and send it to the regional office closest to where they will pursue their education. They also need to send a copy of their Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty (DD Form 214).