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If I Retired in 2006, Can I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Now to My Son?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on 5/31/06 and I am a little confused with the transfer option to a dependent. My son is 20 years old and will be finished with his AA Degree this May. Can I transfer my post 9/11 GI Bill benefits over to him? Will he get a book stipend? Will he get the E-5 Basic allowance for housing if he is a full time student? Thank you so much for your time.

A: The issue with transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to a dependent is the way Congress wrote the New GI Bill rules, you have to be currently serving after August 1, 2009 in order to get a transfer request approved. You were out over three years by that time.

But to answer your other questions, and if you were able to transfer benefits to him at the 100% level, yes if he attended a degree-producing school, he would get the book stipend of $41.67 per credit. It would come toward the beginning of each semester, but it is capped yearly at $1,000, enough for two 12-credit semesters per year. If he attended a non-degree producing school, then his book stipend would be $87 per month.

As far as the housing allowance, he would get the full amount authorized for the zip code of his school provided he was at the 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill level and taking enough credits to be considered a full-time student. And yes it is paid at the E-5-with-dependents pay grade.

I know it is frustrating that you have Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits that you will not use and a son that is going to school and could use the benefits, but you never got a chance to make a transfer request.

Comments  (8)

I retired from the U.S. US Navy on 7/31/09 and I am a little confused with the transfer option to a dependent. My duaghter is 16 years old and will be finished high school next May. Can I transfer my post 9/11 GI Bill benefits over to her? Is there a waver or something I can do? Less then one sec is going to stop my duaghter from get the benefits.

posted by Todd Benemann
11:04 am on October 30, 2012

To submit a transfer request, one of the stipulations is that you have to be currently serving at the time you make the request. Because you retired one day prior to the start of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you would not be able to transfer benefits to her. Right now, there is no waiver that you can get that would allow you the option to make a transfer request.

posted by Ron Kness
11:55 am on November 11, 2012

Hello my husband was medically discharged from US Navy in 2006 after 11 years of service. I wonder if he can transfer his GI Bill to me since he never used it. Thank you

posted by Antonella
9:26 pm on December 15, 2012

No he can’t because he is already out of the service.

posted by Ron Kness
10:31 am on December 23, 2012

My husband retired from the Navy in 2010 after 22 years of service. Why can’t he transfer his GI Bill to me?

posted by Lisa Bond
1:08 pm on March 21, 2013

Two reasons:
1) If he has the MGIB, it never had a transfer of benefits option to it.
2) if he has the Post 9/11 GI Bill, he would have had to make a transfer to you while he was still serving. Once retired and it is too late.

posted by Ron Kness
10:13 am on March 29, 2013

Really? I just retired in Feb and my VA rep told an entire class of about 25 of us that we couldn’t transfer our benefits until after we retired….We were told that in Jan and most of us retired in Feb and march.. so are we screwed since he lied to us??

posted by just retired
2:11 pm on May 3, 2013

Yep you are!

posted by Ron Kness
6:07 pm on May 5, 2013
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