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What Is the Process for My Husband to Transfer His GI Bill to Me?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband is currently serving in the Air Force Reserves and has been for close to ten years now. He completed college quite some time ago so, he would like to transfer his GI Bill to me so I can use it at a local college here in Idaho. What is the process and will he be required to make any further commitments with the military for doing so?

A: Reserve and National Guard members have the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), which is only good as long as they remain in the Reserves and it does not have a transfer option. To get the transfer option, your husband would have to switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

To qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, your husband would have to have served at least 91 days of qualifying active duty service, after September 10, 2001 (usually meaning deployed for a contingency operation, such as Iraq or Afghanistan) and served at least six years in the Armed Forces (Reserve, Guard or active) and sign up for an additional four years. So until he meets these qualifications, he doesn’t have the transfer option available to make a transfer to you.

Once he meets the Post 9/11 GI Bill qualifying time and service requirement, he can make the transfer by going to go to the TEB Website and entering in your record how many months he wants to give to you. You will have to be listed in DEERS for him to make a transfer, which you probably already are.

Once the request is approved, then you will have to fill out VA Form 22-1990e. You can do that at the VONAPP Website. You will get back a Certificate of Eligibility that you will need when you register for school. End of the process. Now wasn’t that easy?

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