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

Can I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Straight to My Dependents?

Q: I’m in the Army Reserves and have meet all the requirements for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I was told by an education rep that I didn’t have to apply for the benefits. If I didn’t plan on using them, I could just transfer to my dependents, which I did. With her help, I split the benefits up between my wife and two sons. Do I need to apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill or can I transfer it straight to a dependent? Thanks.

A: What your Education Representative told you is correct. What happens when you make a transfer request is the Army Reserve Representative handling transfer requests will check to see if:

  • you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill by having served after September 10, 2001 for at least 91 days on a Title 10 Order in support of a contingency operation;
  • you have served for at least six years in the Armed Forces of America;
  • you have at least four years left on your enlistment.

If so, then your request will be approved. To see if your requests were approved, periodically go back to the transfer website and look for a status change from “Pending Review” to “Approved”.

Once the status changes, then have each family member receiving transferred benefits go to the eBenefits website and have them submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, each will get back a Certificate of Eligibility that they will need when enrolling in school as a GI Bill student using transferred benefits.

Just keep in mind that each dependent will inherit the same tier percentage that you have. So if you are at the 50% tier, they will get 50% of their tuition and fees paid along with 50% each of the housing allowance and book stipend.

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?”