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I Just Transferred My Post 9/11 GI Bill to My Spouse; Now How Does She Go About Using It?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have just transferred my GI Bill to my spouse. What do I do now? She is to start this fall and there is no direction as to what to do next after the transfer is completed. Please assist!

A: Transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits is actually a two-step process. You have already taken the first step in that you initiated the TEB transfer. At the end of that process, the Status Block should have read “Transfer Pending”. Now the next thing for you to do is to keep going back to the TEB website and watch for the status to change to “Transfer Approved”. Once that happens, your wife has to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e.

In return, she’ll get her Certificate of Eligibility. It’ll show the GI Bill she has (Post 9/11 GI Bill), the number of months remaining that she has left to use (the number of months you transferred to her) and the date she has to use up her entitlement (that may be blank as you have not gotten out of the military yet. It will be 15 years from the date of your discharge).

Once she has her certificate, she will need to hand in a copy to the Registrar at her school. Her school will then send in a Certificate of Enrollment to the VA which when matched up with her certificate starts the payment process to both the school and her. The VA will pay her tuition directly to her school. The VA pays up to the resident tuition at a public school or up to $20,235.02 per year at a private school.

She will get (once you are no longer serving) the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance. It is based on the zip code of her school and the number of credits she takes. Regardless if you are still serving or not, she will get the book stipend. In a degree-program, it is $41.67 per credit per semester. If she is in a non-degree program, then it is $83 per month. With either type, there is a $1,000 per academic year limit.

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