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Can I Use My finance’s GI Bill, If We Aren’t Married Yet?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Can I use my finance’s GI Bill, if we aren’t married yet?

A: No. According to the GI Bill rules, you have to be listed as his dependent in DEERS. If you are not married yet, you will not be in DEERS under his name.

The other caveat is the rules for the transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. To make a transfer request, your future hubby has to serve at least six years on active duty and agree to serve an additional four years. Once he meets those two requirements, then he can make a transfer request to you.

Once the transfer request is approved, then you can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. You will get back a Certificate of Eligibility that you will need when enrolling in school as a student using GI Bill transferred benefits.

Once in school, the VA will pay your tuition and eligible fees directly to your school. While you will not get the housing allowance, because he is drawing BAH for you already, after August 1st you would get the book stipend, which is paid at the rate of $41.67 per credit up to $1,000 per year. If you waited to go to school once he was out of the military, you would get the housing allowance.

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