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Can I Move Out of State, Change Schools and Still Work On the Same Degree?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Can I move out of state and change schools if I need to? I would still be working towards my same BSN degree.

A: Yes when using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you may:
• move to a different state and attend a new school.
• live in the same place, but change to a different school.

Under these two scenarios, you would have to send in VA Form 22-5495 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training – from the e-Benefits website. It is important to let the VA know when you change schools as your Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance is based in part on the zip code of your school.

Not notifying the VA that you changed schools could get you into an overpayment situation if your new housing allowance rate ends up being lower than it was at your previous school. So to stay out of debt, notify the VA of your intention to change schools before you actually make the switch.

Of course you would also want to send in the same form if you change your major. Just as a side-note, keep in mind that your new BSN degree plan could vary from your old degree plan, so you may end up having to take some classes not listed on your old degree plan.

If the VA did not know you changed schools, they could end up deny paying for those additional classes, because those classes were not on the degree plan they were working off of. These are all good reasons why you should keep the VA always informed of your latest or upcoming changes.

2 responses on “Can I Move Out of State, Change Schools and Still Work On the Same Degree?

Wow I just had a guy who was moving the other day who was asking me about the GI Bill. That’s good to know that you can move out of state and switch schools with it. Thanks!

Just remember that if we are talking about the Post 9/11 GI Bill, it only pays the resident undergraduate rate, so if you move to a state where you are not a resident (and that state does not have a reciprocity agreement with your home state), then you will have to pay out-state tuition which can be significantly higher. However if you are attending all your classes online, then it is not an issue moving to another state.

If you are taking classes under the GI Bill and do move to another state, be sure to inform the VA by submitting VA Form 22-1995 – Request Change of Program or Place of Training. Also know that changing to a different school zip code could affect the amount you get under the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA).

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