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If Disapproved, Will I Have to Resubmit My Certificate of Eligibility Request?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello, I am a spouse of a military member. My husband’s application for TEB got approved, then I completed the VA Form 22-1990E and submitted it. I researched some more about the educational benefits and it said that I had to be enrolled in DEERS at the time that I submitted which I was not but I am NOW. I’m still waiting on my certificate of eligibility. Will I have to resubmit if they tell me that I got disapproved?

A: The Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) website uses DEERS as its database of record. When your husband went to the TEB website to enter in the number of months he wanted to transfer to you, if you were not in DEERS at that time, your TEB record would have been grayed out and he would not have been able to enter anything into it. So if his was able to enter months of benefits into your record, you were already showing as his dependent in DEERS.

Once his TEB request is approved (by the status block changing from “Pending Review” to “Request Approved”) then you have to send in VA Form 22-1990e, which you said have done. In 8 to 10 weeks, you should get your Certificate of Eligibility (CoE). If your CoE is disapproved, it will give you a general statement as to why, but it should be fine if his TEB request was actually approved.

Once you get your CoE, take it with you as your school will need to make a copy of it when you enroll. After enrolling, they will send a Certificate of Enrollment along with your CoE to the VA. Those two documents matching up is what starts payment coming to your school for your tuition and fees and money coming to you for the book stipend and housing allowance. You won’t get paid your Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance unless you use your benefits after your husband is out of the service, but you will get the book stipend either way.

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