This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

With My Ex-Husband Disabled, Is Our Daughter Eligible for Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My ex-husband has a 60% service disability. Our daughter is planning to attend a California community college this fall and we need to know if she is eligible for housing and book allowances. If so, how do we apply for these benefits.

Unless your ex-husband transferred benefits to her while he was still on active duty, she won’t be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. However, she may be eligible for tuition and fees waiver as part of the California State Veterans Benefits, if she is a resident of CA.

The CA Veterans Affairs Website says “The dependent child, spouse or unmarried surviving spouses of a service connected disabled or deceased veteran may be entitled to tuition and fee waiver benefits at any campus of the California State University system, University of California or a California Community College.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have a parent who is a disabled veteran (0% or more disabled) or;
  • Have a spouse who is service-connected (S/C) deceased or rated 100% S/C disabled;
  • Be a child earning less than $11,161 per year (student’s income, not parents’).
    Note: there is no income limit for a spouse or children of S/C deceased or 100% S/C veterans.
  • Attend a California Community College, California State University, or a University of California school.
  • Provide proof of the student’s relationship to the veteran such as a copy of a birth or marriage certificate.”

If she meets these requirements, then have her apply for benefits at any CA. County Veterans Service Office.

For her to be eligible under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance Program (DEA), your ex-husband would have to be 100% permanently disabled.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Important Information: The schools appearing on this webpage are clients of ours and are schools from which QuinStreet receives compensation ("Sponsored Schools"). Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on this website (including the order in which they appear). Our websites do not, and are not intended to, provide a comprehensive list of all schools in the United States or of all schools located in a specific geographic area or of all schools that offer a particular program of study. We strive to provide information on this website that is accurate, complete and timely, but we make no guarantees about the information, the selection of schools, school accreditation status, the availability of or eligibility for financial aid, employment opportunities or education or salary outcomes. Visit here for important information on these topics.

Gainful Employment Disclosure: For more information about program cost, educational debt, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, visit here.