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How Do I Use Up My Remaining Chapter 30 Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: After my current quarter, I will have 9 days left on my Chapter 30 GI Bill. Is there a way for me to exhaust those days in order to apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill for next quarter? – Matthew

A: Matthew, the safest way to exhaust those days is to register for your next quarter under Chapter 30 just as you would normally do. Once you have used up those 9 days, the VA will extend your benefits to the end of that quarter.

After that quarter, then switch and register for the following quarter under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Once your switch is approved, you won’t see the full additional 12 months, because the VA will deduct what they “loaned” you to get you to the end of the previous quarter – the quarter in which you ran out of Chapter 30 benefits. So in essence, you got the additional 12 months, however, you already used up some of it before you actually switched to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Make sense?

There is another way also, but that is too risky to chance. Your timing has to be exact; if you are off by one day, then you would not get the additional 12 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. You would get the one day of Chapter 30 benefits you have left as Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

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