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Can I Use Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferred Benefits to Pay My Expenses to Become a Doctor?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband is planning on transferring 100% of his benefits to me so I can attend school. I’m curious as to what I would be entitled to and if the benefits would pay for either medical school, to become a Doctor, a specialized nursing degree or a midwife certification.

A: Before you husband goes to the Transfer of Benefits (TEB) website, ensure he is currently serving, has served for at least 6 years and has at least four years left on his enlistment. Once in place, he can enter into your record the number of months he want to transfer to you. After his request is approved, you should receive your Certificate of Eligibility, which you will need when you enroll in school.

Since GI Bill 2.0, the Post 9/11 GI Bill pays for more types of training than it did before. I know it will pay up through a doctorate degree, so becoming a Doctor or specialized nurse should not be a problem. I’ve never looked up to see if it pays for a midwife certification or not. Let me do that right now . . .I don’t see that certification listed.

The only limitation you would have is the months of benefits. The most your husband can transfer to you is 36 months, which is enough for four 9-month school years.

If you attend a public school, the VA pays your tuition and fees in full at the resident rate directly to your school. If you attend a private school, the VA would only pay up to $17,500 per year in tuition.

If you wait until he is out to use your benefits, then monthly you would get a housing allowance sent to you along with a book stipend once each semester. If you plan on using your benefits while he is still serving, then you would only get the book stipend.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance is calculated based on the zip code of your school and the number of credits you take.

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