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How Do I Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to My 24-Year Old Daughter?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I need to transfer my GI Bill benefits to my daughter. She turned 24 on January 23rd.

A: First, to make a Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) request, you have to meet three eligibility criteria. The first one is having at least six years of eligible service. The second one is still serving in one of the branches of the Armed Forces of the United States. Third, you have to have at least four years left on your enlistment at the time of your transfer request. So if you meet the all three requirements, you can go to the milConnect website and make a transfer request.

Once your request is approved (by checking back at the TEB website occasionally and looking for a status change to “Transfer Approved”), your daughter has to go to the eBenefits website and request her Certificate of Eligibility that she will need when enrolling in school. By giving a copy of the certificate to the Registrar, her school knows she is a student using Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits.

That will indicate to them to send in a Certificate of Enrollment to the VA on her behalf. That certificate (when matched up to her Certificate of Eligibility) is the trigger to get the whole payment process started so that the school gets their tuition money and she gets her housing allowance and book stipend.

Also be aware that she only has two years left to use her transferred benefits. Once she hits 26, she can no longer use any remaining benefits. If she will have benefits remaining at that point, it would be wise for you to revoke what is left and either use them yourself or allocate to another dependent.

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