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Can I Apply Credits Earned From Using the GI Bill At Two Schools to a Degree That I Want?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Is it possible to go to two different schools under the G.I. Bill and apply those credits to a degree that I want?

A: Yes it is possible, but you have to use a specific process to make it work right. First, your school that will be awarding your degree is called your parent school. The other school you will be attending is known as your secondary school.

You have to discuss with your parent school what courses (and probably why) you want to take at your secondary school. These are the only courses the VA will approve for you to use your GI Bill to take at the secondary school and all classes will apply toward your degree plan at your parent school.

Your primary school will send your secondary school a letter stating which classes you will take. Once you have finished taking those classes, your secondary school will transfer those credits to a transcript and send it to your parent school. Your parent school will apply the transcript credits to your degree plan.

The usual reasons for taking classes at another school are classes filling up quickly at the parent school or classes not offered as night courses at one school that are at the secondary school. But it is possible to attend classes at two schools if you follow the above procedures and only take classes that apply to your degree plan.

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