The transferability option of the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Servicemembers to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Public Health Service, or Department of Commerce determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once your department approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA.
Any member of the Uniformed Services (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and
If you are eligible to transfer benefits you can transfer your entitlement to:
A family member must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits, at the time of transfer to receive transferred educational benefits.
If your child gets married it doesn't affect their eligibility to receive the transferred benefits; however, you can take away or change the transferred benefits at any time.
If you get divorced, your ex-spouse can still use the transferred benefits; however, you can take away or change the transferred benefits at any time, depending on the divorce settlement.
You can only apply to transfer benefits while you are on active duty, once you leave active duty it is too late. You should either apply online at the DMDC Website or follow your service's instructions.
While in the armed forces, transferors use the Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) website to designate, modify, and revoke a Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) request. After leaving the armed forces, transferors may provide a future effective date for use of TOE, modify the number of months transferred, or revoke entitlement transferred by submitting a written request to VA.
To request transfer of benefits while on active duty:
1. Use your Common Access Card (CAC), DoD Self-Service Logon (DS Logon), or DFAS Account (myPay) to sign in to the milConnect portal application: http://milconnect.dmdc.mil
Note: If a family member is not eligible for DEERS benefits, and thus is not eligible to receive transferred benefits, the word “ineligible” will display in the Relation column to the right of your relationship to that family member.
2. To transfer benefit months to a family member, do the following:
Repeat this process for each family member.
3. Once transfer Months have been assigned to your family members, you must submit your transfer request for approval by doing the following:
If the submission is successful, a Confirmation message displays.
After you have submitted your transfer request, the Sponsor information section at the top of the TEB page updates to show that the Status is now Submitted. The Status Date is blank and will remain blank until a Service Representative approves, rejects, or sets your request to a pending status.
To track the status of your request, you will need to return to the TEB page to check the "Status" in the Sponsor information section. Once your transfer request is approved, the status will be updated to Request Approved and the approval Status Date will be set to the date the Service Representative approved the request.
4. Once your transfer request is approved, your request data is sent to the VA. Each family member must first apply for a certificate of eligibility from the VA before they can use their transferred benefits. Once the VA receives the request data and VA Form 22-1990E, they will be able to process your family members’ requests to use their benefits. The application for the certificate of eligibility (VA Form 22-1990E) can be found through the VA's VONAPP Web Site.
5. After receiving their certificates of eligibility from the VA, your family members must provide the certificates to the school.
6. If your family members do not receive their certificates of eligibility from the VA before they enroll in school, they should ask the veterans’ certifying official at the school to submit to the VA an enrollment certification for the academic term.
Tuition funds will be sent direct from the VA to the school. Children are eligible for the monthly living stipend and/or the books and supplies stipend while you are serving on active duty. Your spouse is eligible for the books and supplies stipend, but not the monthly living stipend, while you are on active duty, because both you and your spouse are already receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). If you are not currently serving on active duty, then both your spouse and children are eligible for the monthly living stipend and/or the books and supplies stipend.
You may transfer up to the total months of unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, or the entire 36 months if you haven't used any.
Family member use of transferred educational benefits is subject to the following:
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