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Is There a Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer-of-Benefits Exception-to-Policy Waiver I Can Get?

Q: I want to transfer my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my wife. I will have five years in service in February 2012. I have already reenlisted for four more years, is there an Exception to Policy or Waiver available since I have not reached the six year minimum requirement? If not, am I going to have to wait until I reach six years and then reenlist for one year? Does the transfer have to be approved before the start of the class?

A: There isn’t an exception to the six-year rule that I know of, so you will have to wait until February 2013 before you will be able to make a transfer request of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your wife. As you know, you have to have at least four years left on your enlistment at the time you submit your transfer request. Once you have that in place, then you can make a request at the TEB website.

The transfer has to be approved before the start of the class if you want the VA to pay for her tuition and for her to get the book stipend. For the VA to pay, her Certificate of Eligibility and the school’s Certificate of Enrollment have to match up. Her certificate shows how many months of approved eligibility she has. The school’s certificate shows she is enrolled and for how many credits. Without her certificate, she will have to pay tuition.

Assuming she has not received her certificate yet at the start of the semester, she can go back (up to one year) to her approval date and request reimbursement. However, it is “cleaner” and causes less confusion to get her certificate first before enrolling in class.

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