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Can I Switch from the Alabama GI Bill to the Florida GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am currently a dependent on the Alabama GI Bill, but I am thinking of transferring to a Florida school. Will I be able to switch from the Alabama GI to the Florida GI?

A: I’m assuming you are going to school in Alabama under the GI Dependents’ Scholarship Program. Florida does have a similar program – Education for Children of Deceased or Disabled Florida Veterans – however, the eligibility requirements are different between the two programs. If you are going under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, then it is the same regardless of which state your are attending school.

First, and probably the one that will stop you from getting into the Florida Program, is you have to be a resident of Florida as does your servicemember sponsor. So if you and your sponsor are not both Florida residents, you won’t get into the program.

There are also disability percentage differences between the two states’ programs. In Alabama, the veterans have to be at least 20% service-connected disabled, where in Florida, it has to be 100%. Even if you are both Florida residents, this could be a huge issue depending on your sponsor’s disability rating.

I do not know your reason for wanting to transfer to a school in Florida, but I recommend you do your homework first before making a change. Otherwise, it could end up costing you a lot of money out of your pocket.

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