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Does the Student Get the Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance or Does It Go to the Servicemember?

Q: My child is a full time student currently living at home but s/he is getting ready to switch schools and move out. I need to know if it is possible for s/he to receive the books and housing assistance money that the GI Bill provides or does it go to the active duty service member?

A: It should not be going to the active duty service member now! The servicemember transferred his/her Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to the child. The housing allowance and book stipend should go into that child’s bank account via Direct Deposit or the child should receive a check at his/her address.

The student can inform the VA of his/her new school by submitting VA Form 22-1995 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training. If the child’s money is coming by hard copy check, the new address on the form will update that change.

However, if the child’s money is coming via Direct Deposit, then the child needs to call the VA at 1-888-442-4551 with his/her Direct Deposit routing number and account information.

I don’t know the reason why the servicemember wants to control the student’s Post 9/11 GI Bill money, but part of going away to school is learning how to manage money. If the student has never had money to manage, that is going be a lot harder to learn now away from home than it would have been if s/he would have had money to manage while still living at home.

When the student’s mother or father transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, the money went with the benefits (or at least should have). I am appalled at the number of times I hear stories of parents trying to keep control over their kids.

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