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Put Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Work for You, MilSpouses!

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The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a great benefit for service members and their families to help pay for college, a certification, or other types of training. The active duty or selected reserve service member must transfer GI Bill benefits to his or her spouse and/or dependents while actively serving. New rules go into effect January 2020 regarding transferability. Don’t let this benefit go to waste, military spouses! Put Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to work for you, today.

How Transferred Benefits Work for Spouses

GI Bill benefits for service members, spouses and dependents have different features. The maximum benefit available is 36 months. Service members can transfer all or a portion of their unused GI Bill benefits to their military spouses or one or more of their children. Here is how transferred benefits work for spouses:

Transfer Approvals

  • Each branch of the military processes and approves benefits transfers for its service members. Find more information from your branch or visit the DoD’s website milConnect.

How to Apply

  • You can begin using benefits immediately. Education benefits are managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click here to find more information on how to apply. The school or training program you plan to attend may also have a dedicated staff member to help you navigate this process.

Eligibility & Stipends

  • You can use benefits if your spouse is on active duty or separated from service.
  • You are not eligible to receive the monthly housing allowance if your spouse is on active duty while you are using the benefit. However, if your spouse is not on active duty, you are eligible to receive the monthly housing allowance. This amount is usually equal to the Base Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents and is based on the Zoning Improvement Plan (ZIP) code of your school. Click here for more information.
  • The maximum yearly stipend for books and supplies is $1,000.

Time Limits

  • If your service member was discharged before Jan. 1, 2013, you have 15 years from their date of separation to use the transferred benefits. However, if your spouse was discharged on Jan. 1, 2013 or later, there is no time limit on using benefits.

Achieve Your Educational & Career Goals!

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can help service members and military families achieve their educational and career goals. Review your options and see how these educational benefits can help your family.

Are you ready to join the mission?

MilSpouse Money Mission™ offers FREE personal financial education specifically geared toward spouses, including the Money Ready curriculum for various stages of financial life, a blog, a video library, and a social media community. And we’re just getting started!

Join the mission to lead your family to a stronger financial future. Explore the Money Ready curriculum. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a great benefit for service members and their families to help pay for college, a certification, or other types of training. The active duty or selected reserve service member must transfer GI Bill benefits to his or her spouse and/or dependents while actively serving. New rules go into effect January 2020 regarding transferability. Don’t let this benefit go to waste, military spouses! Put Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to work for you, today.

How Transferred Benefits Work for Spouses

GI Bill benefits for service members, spouses and dependents have different features. The maximum benefit available is 36 months. Service members can transfer all or a portion of their unused GI Bill benefits to their military spouses or one or more of their children. Here is how transferred benefits work for spouses:

Transfer Approvals

  • Each branch of the military processes and approves benefits transfers for its service members. Find more information from your branch or visit the DoD’s website milConnect.

How to Apply

  • You can begin using benefits immediately. Education benefits are managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click here to find more information on how to apply. The school or training program you plan to attend may also have a dedicated staff member to help you navigate this process.

Eligibility & Stipends

  • You can use benefits if your spouse is on active duty or separated from service.
  • You are not eligible to receive the monthly housing allowance if your spouse is on active duty while you are using the benefit. However, if your spouse is not on active duty, you are eligible to receive the monthly housing allowance. This amount is usually equal to the Base Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents and is based on the Zoning Improvement Plan (ZIP) code of your school. Click here for more information.
  • The maximum yearly stipend for books and supplies is $1,000.

Time Limits

  • If your service member was discharged before Jan. 1, 2013, you have 15 years from their date of separation to use the transferred benefits. However, if your spouse was discharged on Jan. 1, 2013 or later, there is no time limit on using benefits.

Achieve Your Educational & Career Goals!

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can help service members and military families achieve their educational and career goals. Review your options and see how these educational benefits can help your family.

Are you ready to join the mission?

MilSpouse Money Mission™ offers FREE personal financial education specifically geared toward spouses, including the Money Ready curriculum for various stages of financial life, a blog, a video library, and a social media community. And we’re just getting started!

Join the mission to lead your family to a stronger financial future. Explore the Money Ready curriculum. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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We are a team of Certified Financial Planner™ professionals, an Accredited Financial Counselor®, and current and former service members and military spouses who are passionate about financial education. MilSpouse Money Mission™ was created to educate and empower military spouses to elevate their families by making smart money moves.

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