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What Is the Next Step for My Son to Use His Transferred Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I transferred my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my son before I retired (May 2010). He has now been accepted into an IL college. Now what do I do to line up the VA/GI Bill to pay his tuition? What is our next step once he accepts? Thanks.

A: The next step is for your son to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e so that he can get his Post 9/11 GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Then once he decides on a school, he will need to give his school a copy of his COE to the school when he registers. That document, along with the Certificate of Enrollment his school will submit, is the trigger to get the payment process started.

Just be aware that it can sometimes take awhile for the first payment to be deposited (or to receive the first check, depending on how he set-up the payment part on his VA Form 22-1990e). Ensures he has enough funds to carry him through the first semester once he starts school.

His school will get a deposit directly from the VA to pay for his tuition and fees. Your son will get a deposit towards the beginning of each the semester for his book stipend. Sometime after the book stipend, he will get a second deposit that will be his housing allowance. He will get this deposit around the same time each month that he is in school. Just so you know, he will not get paid the housing allowance between semesters as interval (or break) pay was eliminated with the passage of the GI Bill 2.0.

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