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Can My Ex-husband Revoke Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferred Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My ex-husband transferred 1-year of his GI Bill to our daughter in college. She received a full scholarship from the university she is attending. He states that once she receives this money he is going to take it from her. Can he do that? Thank you.

A: I’m assuming you are talking about him taking back the benefits he transferred to her. The answer is yes he can. The service member retains the right to transfer and revoke education benefits at will. As noted in a DOD Press Release on Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits, “Even after transferring the benefits, they remain the “property” of the service member who earned them, who can revoke them or redesignate who receives them at any time.” Your ex-husband can take them back and either keep them or give them to another one of his dependent children he has designated to receive benefits, if he has more children.

Just so you know, your daughter wouldn’t be able to use both anyway. Her scholarship would pay for her tuition and fees. Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA would pay her school directly for her tuition and fees, so it is not like she would get any money direct from either source anyway.

I’ve already run into a situation where a school pulled the scholarship money back when they found out the student had GI Bill benefits, so your ex-husband might actually be doing her a favor by pulling back her transferred benefits.

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