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Chapter 33: Transferability of Education Benefits

You may qualify for these benefits if you are an eligible dependent of a member of the Armed Forces and they:

  • Are a member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Have at least 6 years of service in the Armed Forces on the date of election and agrees to serve 4 additional years in the Armed Forces from the date of election.
  • Have at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces (active duty and/or selected reserve) on the date of election, is precluded by either standard policy (service or DoD) or statute from committing to 4 additional years, and agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute
  • Are retirement eligible during the period from August 1, 2009, through August 1, 2013. A service member is considered to be retirement eligible if he or she has completed 20 years of active duty or 20 qualifying years of reserve service.

Eligible Dependents

An individual approved to transfer an entitlement to educational assistance under this section may transfer the individual's entitlement to:

  • The individual's spouse.
  • One or more of the individual's children.
  • Any combination of spouse and child.

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.

Transferability

An eligible Service member may transfer up to the total months of unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, or the entire 36 months if the member has used none (unless DoD/DHS limits the number of months an individual may transfer).

Family member use of transferred educational benefits is subject to the following:

Spouse:

  • May start to use the benefit immediately.
  • May use the benefit while the member remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty.
  • Can use the benefit for up to 15 years after the service member's last separation from active duty.

Child:

  • May start to use the benefit only after the individual making the transfer has completed at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces.
  • May use the benefit while the eligible individual remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty.
  • May not use the benefit until he/she has attained a secondary school diploma (or equivalency certificate), or reached 18 years of age.
  • Is entitled to the monthly stipend and books and supplies stipend even though the eligible individual is on active duty.
  • Is not subject to the 15-year delimiting date, but may not use the benefit after reaching 26 years of age.

Documentation Required for Transferability

In order to transfer your benefits you must first go to the DoD transferability application website to determine if your dependents are eligible to receive the transferred benefits per DoD policy. Please note this website is only available to military members.

Upon approval, family members will need to apply for their Certificate of Eligibility (COE). A COE can be obtained by going to the Department of Veteran Affairs website and applying for their federal GI Bill education benefits by utilizing the Veteran On-Line Application (VONAPP).

Please submit completed forms or document copies to either the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Veteran Advisors Office, according to your circumstances.

If you have never applied for these benefits submit a:

  1. Application for VA Benefits (22-1990e) through VONAPP
  2. Certificate of Eligibility to the Veteran Advisors Office
  3. Veterans Enrollment Reporting Form to the Veteran Advisors Office

If you have had a one-year break in attendance at the College, or if you used your benefit at another institution submit a:

  1. Change of Program or Place of Training (22-1995) through VONAPP
  2. Certificate of Eligibility to the Veteran Advisors Office
  3. Veterans Enrollment Reporting Form to the Veteran Advisors Office

If you received your benefit at NOVA within the last year submit a:

  1. Veterans Enrollment Reporting Form to the Veteran Advisors Office