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Can I Use My Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferred Benefits to Attend Cosmetology School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband is USCG and I know he can transfer some of his GI bill to me, but I need to know if I can use it towards cosmetology school here in CT? If so, how do I go about getting this started?

A: It depends on which school you are going to attend. The biggest thing to watch out for is to be sure your school and program are both covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. A good tool to use to check for approval is the Weam’s School Search Tool.

Just select Non College Degree from the Program Type drop-down menu and click on CT for your state. The program will return a list of schools that match your criteria. If you already have a school that you are looking at, just scroll through the listing to see if it is approved. If you have not yet selected a school, then scroll through to see if you can find a school close to you.

To get started, your husband has to meet the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer of benefits requirements which are:
• served for at least six years
• currently serving
• has at least four year left on his enlistment at the time of the request.

If he meets all of the requirements, then he can go to the milConnect website and follow the Transfer of Benefits Section to initiate a transfer request.

Once his request is approved, then you have to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, you would get a Certificate of Eligibility that you need when enrolling in school as a GI Bill student.

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