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Can I Transfer Remaining Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to My Children?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I used “Top-Up” to supplement my TA for a few graduate level courses. Can I transfer the remaining benefits to my children?

A: If you are still on active duty, and meet the transfer eligibility requirements, you can. One of the stipulations of the Post 9/11 GI Bill is you have to be on active duty “on or after 1 August 2009″. Before you can access the transfer option, you have to have served at least six years on active duty, of which at least three years have been after September 10, 2001, and extend for another four years. If you are within four years of retirement, then the additional time will be prorated to a lesser amount.

To transfer benefits to your children, go to the Transfer of Entitlement Benefits (TEB) website and enter in your child’s (or each child’s) record how many months you would like to transfer. After submitting, you will see the Status field change to “Pending”. Once the request is approved in 8 to 10 weeks, the Status field will change to “Approved” and the Status Date will have a date in it.

To use the benefit, the each child has to go to the VONAPP website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, he/she will get a Certificate of Eligibility which he/she will need when enrolling in school.

If you can’t access a child’s record to enter a number of months, or the record is “grayed out”, then either you’re not eligible to make a transfer or the child’s record is not correct in DEERS.

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