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Information current as of Mar. 26, 2013.
State Aid Program--Dependents Educational Assistance

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits, Office of

The State Aid Program - Dependents Educational Assistance.
Section 288 of Title 29 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 has been amended and re-enacted to provide financial aid for children and surviving spouses of certain veterans of this state who died in service in the Armed Forces of the United States or died of a service connected disability incurred during a wartime period.

The law provides the same benefits for those children of living veterans who are rated 90% or above disabled, including 100% individual unemployability, by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs "Schedule for Rating Disabilities", as a result of a disability or disabilities incurred in service in the Armed Forces of the United States.

The law further requires that the deceased veteran must have been a resident of the State of Louisiana for at least twelve (12) months immediately preceding entry into service. The living veteran must have resided in the state not less than twenty-four (24) months immediately preceding the child's admission into the Program.

The surviving spouse must use this Program within ten (10) years of the date eligibility is established. A child must be between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty-five (25).

The eligible person may attend any state supported college, university, trade or vocational technical school and are exempt from paying tuition and school imposed fees, such as laboratory, athletic, medical, nonresident or other special fees. Student imposed fees are not exempt. Students are eligible for four (4) years of schooling to be completed in not more than five (5) years.

Contact your local Parish Veterans Service Office for more information or to apply for the State Educational Assistance Program.

Contact Information
Bill Dixon, Education Program Consultant
( 225 ) 922 - 0500
Veterans Affairs, Department of
Physical Address
602 North 5th street
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA 70804 - 9095
Primary Phone Number: ( 225 ) 922 - 0500
Fax Number: ( 225 ) 922 - 0511
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed