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Is It Possible to Split My Montgomery GI Bill Between My Three Children?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have 3 children is it possible to split the MGIB between the 3 of them?

A: No it is not possible and here is why – the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) does not have a transfer-to-dependent-children option to it. However, if you are still serving, have served for at least six years, and agree to serve for an additional four years, you would be eligible to make transfer requests based on the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

If you meet the above Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer eligibility requirements, just go to the Transfer of Benefits (TEB) website and enter into each child’s account the number of months you wish to give to give each one. You should have 36 months you can split up, so each one could get 12 months for example.

Once you submit your requests, keep coming back to the website and watch for the Status Block to change to “Approved”. Be patient as it can take 8 to 10 weeks for the status to change.

Once approved, each child has to go into the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, each one will get his/her Certificate of Eligibility, which each will need when enrolling in school as GI Bill students using transferred benefits.

I went through this process because many servicemembers have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but don’t know it. It is a great education benefit for the servicemember and can be an even greater education and financial benefit when they qualify to pass it on their children.

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