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Does the Post 9/11 GI Bill Cover Trade School Training, Such as Cosmetology School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have two questions. Would I have to do additional years of service if I were to transfer my GI Bill to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and give it to my child? My next question is does the 9/11 bill covers trades, such as cosmetology school?

A: As far as if you would have to do additional years of service, it depends on how many years of service you have now. The way the Post 9/11 GI Bill rules read, you have to have served for at least six years and agree to serve for an additional four years, unless you are within four years of being “retirement eligible”. If so, then the number of additional years would be prorated down to a lesser amount depending on how many years you have left until you hit the 20-year mark. So if you are already there, you wouldn’t have to do any additional time.

Should you meet the eligibility requirements and decide to make a transfer request, go to the TEB website and enter into your child’s account the number of months you wish to transfer. Once your request is approved, then s/he can go to the eBenefits website and request his/her Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e. The child will need that certificate when enrolling in school.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill now does cover trades, including cosmetology school. Since the implementation of GI Bill 2.0, the Post 9/11 GI Bill almost mirrors the old Montgomery GI Bill as far as the training it covers.

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