This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

Am I Too Old to Use My Dad’s Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Q: My father has been in the military for about 15 years now and is still active duty in Korea at the moment. I am 21, living on my own and recently decided to attend college. I was wondering if there is any way he can split his GI Bill between myself and my sister? I was told by a friend that once I became 21 I was no longer eligible, is this true?

A: I’m afraid your friend was right. Unless you are a full-time student at the time you turn 21, you no longer are considered an eligible dependent in DEERS at that age. If you are in school, then you can remain eligible to receive benefits until age 23 and you have until age 26 to use them.

So while you are no longer eligible, if your sister is under age 21 (23 if going to school), your dad could transfer some or all of his unused Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to her, provided he agrees to serve an additional four years or more. With 15 years in, he might as well extend out to 20 years.

Once the future service requirement is in place, then your dad can go to the Transfer of Benefits website and enter into your sister’s record how many months he would like to transfer to her. Once the request is approved (and it can take 8 to 10 weeks), then she will have to go to the eBenefits website and request her Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e.

It is too bad, you decided to start school now and not before you turned 21. Your dad most likely has 36 months of benefit that he could have split between you and your sister. That was unfortunate timing.

Privacy Policy | About Us | FAQ | Terms of Service | Disclaimers | Do Not Sell My Personal Information (CA and NV residents)

Copyright © 2023 EducationDynamics. All Rights Reserved.

This is a private website that is not affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or Department of Veteran Affairs. U.S. government agencies have not reviewed this information. This site is not connected with any government agency. If you would like to find more information about benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, please visit the official U.S. government web site for veterans’ benefits at

The sponsored schools featured on this site do not include all schools that accept GI Bill® funding or VA Benefits. To contact ArmyStudyGuide, email us.

Disclosure: EducationDynamics receives compensation for the featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored Schools” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored Results”). So what does this mean for you? Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on our websites, including whether they appear as a match through our education matching services tool, the order in which they appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our websites do not provide, nor are they intended to provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the United States (b) located in a specific geographic area or (c) that offer a particular program of study. By providing information or agreeing to be contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.

This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The financial aid information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.

VFW $30,000 Scholarship!
Write an essay on the annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “Why Is The Veteran Important?”