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Does This Mean My Next Term Is Covered By Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: After the end of this term I have 7 days of benefits remaining. At one point I thought my benefits ran out during this term so I called the VA to see what would happen. I believe what they told me was that if I had any eligibility left at the beginning of a term that the entire term would be covered. I still have one more term to go. Does this mean that my next (and last) term will be covered by my Post 9/11 benefits? What happens with those 7 days of benefits if the entire term is not covered?

A: It sounds like you are currently using the Montgomery GI Bill. If so, then once your 7 days run out, you will continue to receive benefits until the end of the semester or for 12 weeks, whichever is less. However, if you had already exhausted your MGIB and only had 7 days of your Post 9/11 GI Bill left, that would not be the case. Once you were out of benefits, your payments would end.

But since you have Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, then you are still covered, but the amount of time from when you run out of MGIB benefits until the end of the semester will be deducted from your additional 12 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. However, that will still leave you with plenty of benefits to cover you for your last term.

You do have to send in VA Form 22-1990 from the eBenefits website to change to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Just make sure your election date of when you want your New GI Bill to start is after your 7 days of MGIB have run out. On your end, it will be (or at least should be) seamless.

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