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Can Our Kids Receive Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits from Both of Us?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am a Soldier and was married to another Soldier, we had two kids. I have rolled over my GI Bill to my kids, and they have since used up all the benefits. Can my husband now roll over his benefits also so my kids can continue their education? Kind of like double dipping.

A: He certainly can, provided he meets the three requirements to make a Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer request:
• Have served for at least six years
• Currently serving
• Able to extend for an additional four years; he would need enough years left on his Retention Control Point to be able to extend for four years.

So if eligible, he can make a transfer request. Because you have already been through the transfer and Certificate of Eligibility process before, I won’t bore you with the details of it again.

If he has not used any of his benefits, he should have 36 months that he can split evenly between the two kids (or however he wants to split it up). With dependents, they are not limited to 48 months of GI Bill benefits as are servicemembers.

Take your case for example; between you and your husband, you two had 72 months to transfer to your kids. If split evenly, each kid has enough benefits to get a four-year degree almost for free and most likely with no college education loans. Did you know that the average college graduate today comes out with a four-year degree and over $20,000 in student loans? What a future to face! But your kids will have it made, debt-free.

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