Pentagon Lifts Onerous Proof Requirements for Student Military Survivor Benefits

For college students who are the beneficiaries of a parent’s military survivor benefits, the twice-yearly requirement that they verify their enrollment status at a school just got a whole lot easier.

The Defense Department announced Wednesday that it will now allow students to “self-certify,” meaning they will not have to order a transcript or get a school signature every semester to verify their enrollment to receive their benefits.

The Survivor Benefit Plan annuity is paid to children of fallen service members or designated beneficiaries of a military retiree parent who died and was enrolled in SBP. The payments usually end when the child turns 18, but may continue until age 22 for those enrolled in higher education.

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