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How Do I Transfer My MGIB Benefits to My Daughter?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

I am a retired U.S. Army officer. I served more than 10 years on active duty. I am a Gulf War Veteran having served on active duty for 3 years from 2003 to 2006. I have not used any of my MGIB Educational Benefits. I would like to transfer them to my daughter. What is the procedure for conducting this process? Thank you for your assistance.

A: It doesn’t look good for you to make a transfer Sir. The Montgomery GI Bill doesn’t have a dependents transfer option. And while you do qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, unfortunately, you can’t make a Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer of benefits once you are retired. The way Congress wrote the bill, the servicemember has to be “on active duty on or after August 1, 2009” to make a transfer request.

There is a bill currently in congress right now that if passed, would allow 20 plus-year veterans to make a transfer request, but  with 10 years of service, I’m afraid that isn’t going to help you either.

Your daughter could try filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see what she qualifies for as far as educational financial assistance.

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