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Do I Qualify to Use My Husband’s GI Bill to Get a Beauty School Certificate?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello, my husband is in the military and he is deployed right now. I just want to ask or get information if I qualify for the GI Bill? I would like to take a class to get my certificate in beauty school. Thanks! — Maria.

A: Maria, you don’t qualify for the GI Bill in your own right as you are not a member of the military. However, you may qualify as a recipient of your husband’s GI Bill, if he is eligible to (and decides to) make a transfer request to you.

To be eligible to make a Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer request, he has to meet three service obligations at the time he makes his transfer request:
• having served for at least six years
• be currently serving
• agree to serve for an additional four years

So if he meets the above requirements, he could choose to transfer anywhere from one month up to all 36 months of his Post 9/11 GI Bill to you. Most likely you would want at least the number of months it takes to get your beauty school certificate and maybe even an additional month or two. Your husband can revoke any unused benefits back to himself once you are through with school.

Once the transfer of GI Bill benefits is complete, you have to go to the eBenefits website and request your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by filling out and submitting VA Form 22-1990e.

Once you have found the school you want to attend (and have verified that it is VA-approved), then take a copy of your COE with you when you register, as your school needs to know you are using the GI Bill.

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