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How Do I Transfer My Montgomery GI Bill to My College-Age Sons?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Dear Sir, I am trying to figure out how I can transfer my Montgomery GI Bill to my sons who are college age. I retired in Aug. of 2008 and have been told I am not able to transfer at this time – is this fact? If so who is championing the fight to allow persons like me to transfer in Congress so I can write to them. Thanks for the service your providing to all Vets.

A: The Montgomery GI Bill does not have a transfer-to-dependents option to it, so you couldn’t transfer that GI Bill if you wanted to. However, the Post 9/11 GI Bill does have a transfer option where you could have transferred benefits to your sons, however, now that you are retired, you can’t.

When Congress wrote the New GI Bill, they were focused on using it as a re-enlistment tool, so you had to have served for at least six years, agree to serve another four years, and to make a transfer request, be serving “on or after August 1, 2009”, meaning once you retired, you could no longer make a transfer.

There have been a couple pieces of legislation during the past few years that would have allowed career retirees retiring between December 10, 2001 and July 31, 2009 the opportunity to make a transfer request. However, not only did neither of them pass, neither even had enough support to come to a vote.

I have started a petition that addresses this issue. If you would like to read it over and decide if you would like to support it, that would be great. This issue doesn’t seem like it is going to resolve itself, so I thought I would try this route. It would not hurt to contact your Congressional representation and let them know how unhappy you are with this issue and ask for their support.

Comments  (2)

I am trying to figure out how I can transfer my Montgomery GI Bill to my daughter. I have served from may 1995 to jan 2009 active duty airforce then transfered to airforce reserves and am still currently serving. If i am able to transfer, how do i go about this and how long does this process take?

posted by dominc
10:39 am on October 30, 2012

Most likely you would not be able to transfer your MGIB benefits to your daughter because generally speaking, the MGIB did not have a transfer of benefits option. However, I wouldn’t worry about that.

Due to your service on active duty after September 10, 2001, you would have full Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and that GI Bill does have a transfer option. Because you are still serving, I suggest you make a transfer request as soon as you can.

To start the process, go to the milConnect website and enter into her record how many months you would like to transfer to her. Once the application is approved (which can take 8 to 10 weeks), then she will have to go to the eBenefits website and request her Certificate of Eligibility. She will need that when she enrolls as a GI Bill student using transferred benefits.

posted by Ron Kness
12:03 pm on November 11, 2012
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