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Having Never Had the Montgomery GI Bill, Do I Rate the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Retired from the Marine Corps in 2006 and never had the original GI Bill. Do I rate the Post 9/11 GI Bill and can I transfer it to my daughter?

A: The good news is you do rate the Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you had at least three years of service, you have 36 months of benefits at the 100% tier that you can use to further your post-secondary education.

The bad news is however, you will not be able to transfer any of your benefits to your daughter. The way Congress wrote the rules, you had to serve for at least six years after September 10, 2001, agree to serve for an additional four years and had to be serving “on or after August 1, 2009” to make a transfer request. By that time you had already been out for almost three years.

As far as using your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, you will have to request your Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990 from the eBenefits website. You will need to provide your school with a copy of your certificate when you register for school.

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA pays your tuition directly to your school and you get a monthly housing allowance and a book stipend once each semester. The housing allowance is calculated based on the zip code of your school and the number of credits you are taking. The book stipend calculates at $41.67 per credit with a $1,000 yearly cap.

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