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How Does My Hubby Transfer His GI Bill Credits to Me?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

My hubby has been in since ‘97 and did pay into the GI Bill. He is still on active duty and he wants to transfer credit hours to me. How does this happen and what exactly is covered? My head is spinning with all the information out there!

The GI Bill your hubby paid into – the Montgomery GI Bill – won’t do you any good as it does not have a transfer-to-dependents option. However, your hubby also most likely qualifies for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and that does have the transfer option you need.

To access the transfer option, your hubby has to have served on active duty for at least six years (which he has) and reenlist for an additional four years (which he might have to do). Once that is in place, then he can go to the TEB website and enter into your record how many months he would like to transfer to you. He can transfer as little as one or up to his whole 36 months.

Once the transfer is complete (by watching for the status block to change from “Pending Review” to “Approved” and this sometimes can take up to 8 to 10 weeks), then you need to go to the VONAPP website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, you will get back a Certificate of Eligibility that you will need when you enroll in school as a Post 9/11 GI Bill student using transferred benefits. Keep in mind he has to make the transfer while he is still on active duty; once discharged, it is too late.

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