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What Is the Approval Time and Benefit Transfer Process for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I applied for Post 9/11 benefits on 15 Dec 2011. I want to transfer at least half of these benefits to my son who is now enrolled in technical college. What is the time frame for approval of my application and what is the process for transferring these benefits to my son. Thanks.

A: First, I have to ask how did you “applied” for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits? And my second question is “Are you still serving?”

So you are probably thinking how these two questions are related to your issue. Well, if you are not still serving, then you can’t make a transfer request to your son. According to how Congress wrote the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you had to be serving “on or after August 1, 2009” and agree to serve additional time, to get a transfer request approved.

If you applied for your Post 9/11 GI Bill by submitting VA Form 22-1990 from the eBenefits website, then I’m thinking you are already out of the military.

If you are still serving, go to the Transfer of Benefits (TEB) website and enter in the number of months you would like to transfer to your son. Once submitted, you will see the Status Block change to “Pending Review”. Keep checking back periodically (it can take up to 10 weeks) and look for a status change to “Approved”.

Once that happens, then your son needs to submit VA Form 22-1990e from the eBenefits website to get his Certificate of Eligibility that he will need to give to his school.

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