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How Many Times Can I Change My Major When Using the GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello, I have a question about the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I was going to school to major in Radiology but have since changed my mind and want to do nursing (RN). I live in MD but I’m currently in TX while my husband’s deployed. The problem is that they only have vocational nursing at this school but want to switch to RN once I’m back to MD. Long story short, how many times can I change my major?

A: I don’t know that there really is a limit. However, the VA will “help” you manage your GI Bill benefits so you do not end up wasting them and not have a career that you can make a living with. However, I don’t think you should have a problem going from Radiology to being an RN being both are in the healthcare field.

While you are in Texas, find out how many and which credits would transfer from your current major over to the RN program in MD. What you want to try and avoid is losing too many credits because they won’t transfer. If you do lose too many credits, that may leave you with not having enough benefits left to complete your RN using just your GI Bill benefits alone.

Another thing you could try is see if your school in MD has an online RN program that you could take for now and then transition over to classroom classes once back in MD.

If or when you do change programs, be sure and submit VA Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training from the eBenefits website to let the VA know your intentions. Your Career Counselor and/or VA Rep at your current school should be able to help you with determining how many of your credits would transfer.

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