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I’m Confused – My Father Has GI Bill Benefits, But He Can’t Transfer Them to Me?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My father was honorably discharged in March 2003. He has offered his MGIB for my college tuition but I am confused about the qualifications of the Post 9/11 Bill. It states that for transferability to occur my father must be active duty and have served after 2011. Can someone please help clear up the confusion? He has the benefits but can they be transferred?

A: If you father has the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), he can’t transfer his benefits because the MGIB does not have a transfer option to it. As far as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, it does have a transfer-to-dependents option, but your father would have to have been serving on or after August 1, 2009, and agree to serve an additional four years, to make a transfer request. So while your father does have both the MGIB and Post 9/11 GI Bill, he can’t transfer any benefits to you.

However, if he could have successfully made a transfer request to you, once the transfer request had been approved, by the request status block changing from “Pending Review” to “Approved”, then you would have had to submit VA Form 22-1990e from the eBenefits website to get your Certificate of Eligibility that you would have needed to use your transferred GI Bill benefits.

However, don’t let the lack of GI Bill benefits stop you from going to school. Where there is a will, there is a way. There is plenty of scholarship and grant money available if you dig for it. Every year, lots of money goes unused because students don’t apply for it. It takes some work to get, but anything worth working for is worth getting.

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