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How Can My Parent Transfer the GI Bill to Me?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How does it work? How can my parent transfer the GI Bill to me? How can I apply to the Fry Scholarship?

A: First of all, your parent has to have the Post 9/11 GI Bill as that is the only GI Bill that has a transfer-of-benefit option. So if your parent has the Montgomery GI Bill, transferring benefits is out of the question.

Second, if your parent does have the New GI Bill, s/he has to have served for at least six years after September 10, 2001, be currently serving at the time of the transfer request, agree to serve for an additional four years, and most of all wants to transfer benefits to you. The sponsor has full control over who gets his/her benefits – even in retirement.

If your parent meets the above requirements and agrees to make a transfer request, s/he can go to the milConnect website and follow the Transfer of Benefits section. Once approved, you then have to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get your Certificate of Eligibility that you would need when enrolling in school.

As far as applying for the Fry Scholarship, your serving parent would have had to die in the line of duty before you would be eligible to apply, which I don’t think is the case being you also asked how your parent can transfer GI Bill benefits to you.

I sensed some desperateness in your question; even if you do not have GI Bill benefits that you can use for college, there are still thousands of grants and scholarships (many of which go unused each year) that you can apply for to get money to go to school. It just takes some initiative to seek them out and apply for them.

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