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Can I Use My Husband’s GI Bill for a Certification?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I want to get a fitness nutritionist certification. Can my husband transfer part of his 9/11 GI Bill to me for that?

A: He could, but about all it would pay would be up to a $2,000 reimbursement for the certification test. The Post 9/11 GI Bill generally does not pay for non-degree type courses, such as trade, technical, license and certifications. It is more focused on degree-producing programs.

For your nutritionist certification, you might want to look at using the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program. That program pays military spouses up to $2,000 per year, with a $4,000 cap, and you have up to three years to complete your course. And it covers certifications, licenses and associate’s degree programs, in case you would want to continue with your program and get a two-year degree in fitness nutrition.

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