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What Are the Requirements to Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to My Daughter?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am inquiring about the eligibility of my daughter for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. What my requirements are and the transferability to a dependent? Thank you!

A: There are three service requirements you have to meet for you to make a Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer of benefits request to your daughter. You must:
• have served for at least six years
• be currently serving at the time of your request
• either have at least four years left on your enlistment when you make your request or agree to serve an additional four years if you have less time left on your enlistment.

If you meet all three requirements, then you could make a transfer request from the milConnect website. If you have never used any of your GI Bill benefits, you have up to 36 months that you could transfer to her. You can go from as little as one month up to all 36 or the number of remaining unused months you have left (if you have used some of your entitlement before).

Once your request is approved, by looking for a status change to “Transfer Approved” at the website where you made your transfer request, your daughter can go to the eBenefits website and request her Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by submitting VA Form 22-1990e.

She will need to hand in a copy of her COE at the time she registers for school so they know she is a GI Bill student. The reason? Because her school will have to send in a Certificate of Enrollment to the VA. That form (along with her COE) starts the payment process to both her school and to her.

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