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How Do I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Now to Ensure My Daughter Has It In 12 Years?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

I’ve been in the Army five and a half years, and intend to serve a full ten before getting out. I understand the requirements to transfer the Post 9/11 GI Bill to my daughter, but she is only six years old and in first grade. What do I need to do to transfer it in a way that ensures she has access to it in about twelve years?

There are not any guarantees in this world except death and taxes, so I can’t tell you the Post 9/11 GI Bill will even be around when your daughter is ready to go to college, but if you do not plan on using your benefits yourself or making a transfer to your spouse, then you have nothing to lose by transferring them to your daughter once you become eligible for the transfer option.

If you intend to stay to ten years, then once you have served at least six eligible years and have at least four additional years left on your enlistment at the time of your transfer request, then initiate the request.

Once approved, then your daughter is set until right before she is ready to start college. About a year out when she starts looking at which school she would like to attend, she should submit VA Form 22-1990e from the eBenefits website to get her Certificate of Eligibility.   The eBenefits website is the old VONAPP site, so it could be called something else again in ten years from now. Also VA Form 22-1990e is the current form, but again that could change a decade from now.

But, all that doesn’t really matter now. What is important is for you to make the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer request and ensure it is approved as soon as you are eligible. The rest of that stuff is out of your control, so it is not worth spending time worrying about it until your daughter is almost ready to go to college.

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