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Can I Change Schools and Get the 12 Month Post 9/11 GI Bill Extension?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m on my last month of entitlement for MGIB chapter 30. How do I go about getting a 12 month extension or so I have heard this rumor? If true please tell me who I need to call to get this extension started. Second question… I am able to change schools if/once a extension was granted? Thanks!

A: I’m assuming you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill by having served for at least 90-days on active duty. To get your extension, you don’t call anyone. You can either download the form, fill it out and send it in, or fill it out online and submit it.

The form number is you need is VA Form 22-1990. To either download or submit it online, go to the eBenefits website. Once your request is processed, you will get back a Certificate of Eligibility showing how many months of eligibility you have left to use.

As far as changing schools, yes you can do that. It requires submitting a different form, but it is on the same eBenefits website. That form number is VA Form 22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.

I do not suggest doing both at once; it causes too much confusion. Request your additional months of eligibility first and once that transaction is complete, then submit the change of place of training. Hopefully, you have enough time to make all that happen before you need to start school.

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