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Even After Retiring, Can I Still Transfer My MGIB to My Children?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I retired from active duty in 2006 after 21 years of service. I have the Montgomery GI Bill. I used it for one semester of school and I would like to know if I can use my GI Bill for my dependent children to attend college. If so, how do I go about it?

A:  Unfortunately, the Montgomery GI Bill does not have a transfer option to it, so you can’t transfer that GI Bill to your children.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill has a transfer option, and you would qualify to convert to that GI Bill, but it has the stipulation you have to make your transfer request while you are still on active duty, so that isn’t an option right now either.

However, there is a bill in the House of Representatives right now that would allow you, and so many others, to transfer your Post 9/11 GI Bill remaining benefits even though you are currently retired. Write your Representatives from your state and ask them to support and pass H.R. 3577.

The issue is one of the Post 9/11 GI Bill rules is you have to have been on active duty on or after August 1, 2009 to make a transfer. But because you retired three years earlier then that date, but you still meet the Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility transfer requirements, you never had an opportunity to make a transfer. The passage of H.R. 3577 would correct that and allow you to make a transfer.

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