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Can My Daughter Use Any of My Husband’s GI Bill for Student Loans or School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Can my daughter use any of my husband’s GI Bill to help her with her school loan repayment or to pay for the school she is attending now?

A: The way you worded the question “my daughter use any of my husband’s . . .” raises the question if she is also your husband’s daughter. If she isn’t his biological daughter, or he never legally adopted her, then no, she can’t receive dependent entitlements from his Post 9/11 GI Bill.

If she is a biological or legally adopted dependent, then he could make a transfer request provided he is still serving and meets the requirements of having served at least six years and agrees to serve an additional four years.

Of course, if your husband is not still serving, or doesn’t have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, then he could not make a transfer. The way Congress wrote the rules, a servicemember has to be still serving on or after August 1, 2009 to make a request. If your husband has the Montgomery GI Bill, then he would not be able to make a request as that GI Bill never had a dependent transfer option.

As far as using your husband’s GI Bill to pay for your daughter’s school loan, he could not do that as the Student Loan Repayment program and GI Bill are two separate programs and money does not directly cross from one program to the other one.

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