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How Do I Transfer My GI Bill to My Dependent?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have 19 active duty years in service and want to know how do I transfer my GI Bill over to my dependent?

A: It is pretty easy. You already meet the first Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer eligibility requirement of having served for at least 6 years. I’m assuming your current enlistment takes you out to 20 years, so you shouldn’t have to agree to serve any additional time, which is the second requirement.

If so, then go to the TEB website and enter the number of months you want to transfer to your dependent. It can be any amount of your unused months of entitlement. Keep checking back on the website and look for the status to change from “Pending Review” to “Approved”.

Once that happens, then have your dependent go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, s/he will get back a Certificate of Eligibility. S/he will need that certificate when enrolling as a GI Bill student using transferred benefits.

Just note if your dependent is not your spouse, then s/he will have to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits before age 26. If it is your spouse, the he/she has up to 15 years from the approval date to use up transferred benefits.

2 responses on “How Do I Transfer My GI Bill to My Dependent?

I had not heard that, but that is not to say it isn’t true. What I do know is many students are using their Post 9/11 GI Bill and going to school for free, and they don’t have a purple heart.

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