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Will I Have to Transfer Schools to Use My Husband’s Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello Mr. Kness. Quick question regarding schools…Where can I search for a specific school? The school I am currently attending is Arapahoe Community College – in Littleton, CO. I will be getting married this month, and using my husbands Post 9-11 GI Bill. I am just trying to get ahead of the game to see if I have to transfer colleges. Thanks in advance.

A: There is no reason why you should have to switch after you are married, as that college accepts the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Just be sure the program you are taking is also VA-approved. In some cases the school is VA-approved, but not all of the school’s programs are approved. You can contact either the VA or your school and they should be able to give you that information.

Also be aware that to make a transfer, your husband has to have served for at least six years and agrees to serve for an additional four years before he can access the transfer option.

To make a transfer, he can go to the TEB website and enter the number of months he would like to transfer to you. Once approved, and it can take up to 10 weeks for approval, then you can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get your Certificate of Eligibility. You will need that when enrolling as a GI Bill student using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

If your husband is at the 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill tier level, you would also qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program if you would need it. Arapaho Community college does have a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the VA , but here again, it may not cover all of their programs, so be sure and ask if your program is covered if you are going to use it.

If it is, then your school could pay up to half of the difference between what they charge and what the Post 9/11 GI Bill pays. The VA pays an equal amount. This leaves very little left for you to pay if anything. It is worth checking into.

Comments  (2)

I am Currently going to Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. My fiance is getting stationed in Germany when he graduates in January, will i still be able to go to school through the U.S if i move there with him? And can i go to school through him being in the Army?

posted by Kati
5:10 pm on December 14, 2011

To answer the first part of your question – “will I still be able to go to school through the U.S if i move there with him?”, possibly, if Tarrant offers your program as an online only course. As far as your second question “And can i go to school through him being in the Army?”, I’m not real sure what you are asking. If you are asking can you go to school using his Post 9/11 GI Bil, the answer would be no and here is why. For him to transfer benefits to you , he first has to serve for six years and agree to serve an additional 10 years, so he would not be eligible to make a transfer request until after he has served at least six years.

Also know that if you do go to school under his transferred benefits and he is still in the Army, you would not get the monthly housing allowance ans he will be drawing BAH for you already, however, if he is out of the Army when you use your transferred benefits, then you would get the housing allowance.

posted by Ron Kness
11:31 am on January 2, 2012
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