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How Do I Switch from the Montgomery to the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I was wondering how I go about switching from the Montgomery GI Bill to the Post 9/11 GI Bill? Do I just tell the VA when I enroll?

A: Yes, you are telling them just that when you submit your GI Bill application, VA Form 22-1990 and check block 9F in Part II. You can apply either online, using the VONAPP Website, or download the form, fill it out and send it in using the instructions written on the form. When your application is approved, you will get a Certificate of Eligibility that you will need to bring with you when you enroll in school.

But before you switch, did you know you can get an additional 12 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, if you first exhaust your Montgomery GI Bill benefits and then switch? Many veterans are not aware of this fact. Under the Rule of 48, if you are eligible for two GI Bills, your combined maximum benefit cannot exceed 48 months.

Also, know what your education goals are before switching to the Post 9//11 GI Bill, because the Post 9/11 generally doesn’t cover non-degree programs, such as trade, technical, licenses or certifications, unless they are taught at or through a degree-producing school.

It pays to do your homework first before switching, because the switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill is irrevocable.

2 responses on “How Do I Switch from the Montgomery to the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

so you don’t have to do the change while you are in service? i heard it takes up to 6 months for the 9-11 gi bill to come into efect after you switch

No, you can switch anytime. The part you have to do while you are still in is if you are going to make a transfer to your spouse or children. The transfer has to be complete before you get out, so give yourself enough lead time; six months wouldn’t be too much time; the sooner, the better.


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