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Will My Post 9/11 GI Bill Pay for My Wife to Go to Dental School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have been in the military almost 10 years this September, I am in the National Guard, however spent over 4 years on active duty orders (2003 and beyond), and received the rank of O-1 a year and a half ago. I used a majority of my GI Bill benefits to pay for night school with Embry Riddle, and eventually became eligible for the REAP program. My question is that my wife, who has an undergraduate degree from U of L, wants to go to U of L Dental School. I would like to transfer my benefits over to her, however I am unsure of the details. Would any of my benefits cover her Dental School (DMD) education even though she already has an Undergraduate degree? Also, I calculated on post 9/11 gi bill that i would receive 100% benefits, so do i need to exhaust all of whats leftover from my GI Bill before I switch to the post 9/11 program? Finally, by switching to the 9/11 program, would she only recieve benefits for one year if i used a majority of my regular gi bill?

A: Yes, your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits would pay for your wife’s Dental school training, because she did not use the GI Bill to get her bachelor’s degree. However, the issue is that because you used up most of your initial 36 months of Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) /REAP benefits, you might not have many months left to transfer to her. If you switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill with MGIB/REAP months left, you will get that same number of months under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and not the additional 12 months.

If you finish using up your MGIB/REAP first, and then switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you would get an additional 12 months of education benefits that you could give to her.

If you decide to make the switch and make a transfer request, first make sure you have at least four years left on your enlistment. Once that is in place, then go to the TEB website and make the transfer request. Once approved, then your wife and get her Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e from the eBenefits website. Once she gets her certificate, she needs to take that with her when she enrolls in school as a student using GI Bill transferred benefits.

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