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How Long Do You Have to Be In to Transfer Your G.I. Bill to Your Child?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How long do you have to be in to transfer your G.I. Bill to your child? I have no kids at the moment but when i do i would like to transfer it over to them how would i do so?

A: The process is easy. Once you meet the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer option eligibility requirements of serving for at least six years and agreeing to serve an additional four years, then you can go to the TEB website and enter in the number of months you would like to transfer. Keep checking back at the website and look for the status to change from “Pending Review” to “Approved”.

Once that happens, then the receiving member can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get his/her Certificate of Eligibility which is needed when enrolling in school as a student using Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits.

The receiving member may start using the benefits upon reaching his/her 18th birthday or upon receiving a high school diploma and must finish using the benefit by age 26. Any unused benefits after that age are lost.

However, the transferring member could revoke unused benefits and either use them for himself/herself or allocate them to another dependent child already hainv received transferred benefits while the sponsor was still on active duty.

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