This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

Why Does My Husband Have to Reapply?


Q: My husband is active duty Air Force. Last fall, he completed the paperwork (we thought) to apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and he transferred a portion of his remaining benefits to me. I was able to complete my degree and all of my courses have been paid for. However, none of his requests for Top-Up this year have been paid. He attends classes online and the cost is greater than his TA Benefits, so he uses Top-Up for the difference. Now he is being told that he has to reapply for himself for benefits under the new program. (supposedly he never filled out an application for himself, form 22-1990) First, how can he have transferred benefits to me, under the Post 9/11 program, if he never completed an application for those benefits to begin with? Second, how will his top-up benefits affect his remaining months of eligibility? His education office told him that every Top Up form he submits, takes a full month of eligibility from him, no matter what the actual payment (typically just under $700).

A: I can see how he would have to apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill even though he transferred benefits to you. When he made his transfer request to you, he did it through the Transfer of Entitlement Benefits (TEB) website. To switch and use his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for himself, he has to go to the VONAPP website and submit VA Form 22-1990 as you suggested in your question. I’m not with the VA, but based on my previous government career, I doubt if the two websites (and databases) are connected or inter-relational.

As far as the Top-Up program, it is my understanding that his service branch pays for his tuition costs and what TA does not cover, they bill the VA. The VA pays his service branch the difference and then converts the amount they paid into months of entitlement and deducts that number of months from his unused months of benefits. Using a combination of TA and Top-Up is a good way to maximize his GI Bill entitlement as they end up getting used at a slower rate and TA is free money as a benefit of his service, so why not use it.


Privacy Policy | About Us | FAQ | Terms of Service | Disclaimers | Do Not Sell My Personal Information (CA and NV residents)

Copyright © 2020 EducationDynamics. All Rights Reserved.

This is a private website that is not affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or Department of Veteran Affairs. U.S. government agencies have not reviewed this information. This site is not connected with any government agency. If you would like to find more information about benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, please visit the official U.S. government web site for veterans’ benefits at http://www.va.gov.

The sponsored schools featured on this site do not include all schools that accept GI Bill® funding or VA Benefits.For more information on how to choose a school, visit. For more information on ArmyStudyGuide.com, visit our FAQ page or follow the About Us link found below. To contact ArmyStudyGuide, email us.

Disclosure: EducationDynamics receives compensation for the featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored Schools” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored Results”). So what does this mean for you? Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on our websites, including whether they appear as a match through our education matching services tool, the order in which they appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our websites do not provide, nor are they intended to provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the United States (b) located in a specific geographic area or (c) that offer a particular program of study. By providing information or agreeing to be contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.

This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The financial aid information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.