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How Do I Tell the VA I Want to Change to a Different School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

done Q: I recently started to attend a Community College and am starting to receive Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and am going to school full time. My question is can I transfer my benefits from one school to another? I want to transfer to a University either next semester or the semester after that and am not sure how it works. Do I have to obtain a degree from my community college first before transferring or can I transfer anyway as long as I am accepted and my GPA is good? Also how far in advance would I need to let my schools VA Rep and the VA know this?

A: Yes you can switch to another school. Just make sure it is GI Bill-approved first. You can either go to the VONAPP website and submit VA Form 22-1995 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training or contact your school’s VA certifying Official and they can help you through it. It is probably best to consult your VA official as far as lead time, but I would submit it at least early in the semester prior to the one where you want to make the switch to a different GI Bill school.

You really can’t submit it too early, but you certainly can submit it too late. And while it probably would still work out, you want to make it as easy for the VA as possible to get it auctioned in the shortest amount of time.

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