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Once I’m Past the Six-Year Mark, Can I Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to My Wife?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My wife is trying to go to college and I want to know, if after my six-year mark in the Army, will she be eligible for me to request a transfer of my GI Bill?

A: It isn’t a matter if she will be eligible, it is a matter if your meet the transfer of benefits eligibility requirements. Right now the Post 9/11 GI Bill rules state that if you are on active duty, you must have served at least six year and agree to serve an additional four years, so if you have at least four years left on your enlistment at the time your hit six years of service and make you transfer request, you should be good-to-go.

Once eligible, go to the TEB website and enter the number of months you wish to transfer into her record. Once finished you will see “Pending Review” in the Status block. Keep coming back periodically to the website and look for the status to change to “Approved”. It can take up to 10 weeks for the status to change.

Once that happens, then your wife can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, she will get her Certificate of Eligibility that she needs when she enrolls in school as a student using Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits.

One change that will take effect in October is she will start receiving the book stipend. Up until then, she would not have been eligible to get that part of the benefit.

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