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When I Decide to Use My Post 9/11 GI Bill, Do I Get a Living Expense?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello, I wanted to know if and when I use the GI Bill if there is a living expense paid or what. And how and when is it paid out to help take care of my family while in school. Also if my wife or kids use my GI Bill will they also receive living allowance while in school. And I need information on how to transfer the GI Bill to a family member.

A: Let’s start with the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer first. If you are not currently serving, then you can’t make a transfer request to a family member. If you are serving, you first have to have served for at least six years and have at least four years left on your enlistment at the time of your transfer request.

If you meet the above requirements, then go to the milConnect website and make your request by following the Transfer Education Benefits link. Once your request is approved, by the Status Block changing to “Transfer Approved”, then your recipient has to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, s/he would get his/her Certificate of Eligibility that would be needed when enrolling in school as a GI Bill student.

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA pays your tuition directly to your school. Monthly, you get a housing allowance that comes to you either by check or Direct Deposit. Each semester, you also get a book stipend (up to the $1,000 per year cap).

The first month of each new semester may take longer than a month to get your check. But each month after that in that semester, it should come about the same time. Just know that the process starts over again with each new semester.

If you are using the Montgomery GI Bill, it is not transferable to a family member. Also the pay structure is different. The money each month comes directly to you and you are responsible for paying your own tuition, fees and books.

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