Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

If you are interested in pursuing continuing-education programs, and are willing to make contributions from your military pay, the VEAP is a $2-to-$1 government-match program for educational assistance.

Are you eligible for benefits?

Yes, if:

  • You entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985.
  • You opened and contributed to your account before April 1, 1987.
  • You voluntarily contributed $25–$2700.
  • You completed your first period of service and were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.

Who is covered


Available benefits

Tuition assistance

How it works

VEAP benefits can be applied to the following programs:

VEAP may also be used for remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses. Your monthly contributions will determine the length of your entitlements (1–36 months), and you have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If VEAP benefits go unused after that 10-year period, you can request a refund for the amount left in your fund.

Active Duty If you are currently on active duty and wish to receive VEAP, you must have at least three months of contributions available.

Withdrawals Contributions may be withdrawn if you do not meet basic eligibility requirements or if you formally request a refund.

Learn more

Read the VEAP pamphlet.