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With SLRP, Am I Also Eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: When I came into the Army I received the student loan repayment as part of my enlistment. I am wondering if I am still eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

A: It depends on the number of years you end up serving. When you enlisted for the SLRP option, you automatically incurred a three-year obligation. Because you can’t acquire GI Bill eligibility and collect on the SLRP during the same period of time, you did not gain any Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility during your first three years of service.

However starting your fourth year, you did or would start gaining eligibility with full eligibility coming after a total of six years – three for your SLRP and three for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

So for six years of service not only would you get your student loans paid for, but you would also have acquired 36 months of education benefits that you could use to get an advanced degree.

Also in case you are interested, the Post 9/11 GI Bill has a benefits transfer program to qualified service members. To transfer part or up to all of your Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility, you have to have served for at least six years, be currently serving at the time of your transfer request and agree to serve for an additional four years.

If you have a spouse and/or dependent children that could be using your benefits to go to school, it could be a real financial boost for them. It’s something to think about if it applies to you. To make a transfer request, just go to the milConnect website and follow the instruction in the Transfer of Benefits Section.

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