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

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

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.

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