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Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 Transfer of Benefits

FlagGeneral Overview

The Post 9/11 GI Bill, effective August 1, 2009, allows Servicemembers to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children.  The request to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces.

Basic Eligibility

Website: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

  • The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family.
  • Family members must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibilty Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits at the time of transfer to receive transferred benefits.

To Enroll

The dependent can apply for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs after benefits have been transferred.

Required Forms

  1. Submit Certificate of Eligibilty (received in the mail from the VA after processing application for benefits) to UC Merced's Veteran Certifying Official.

  2. Each semester, the student will fill out a Veteran Enrollment Card and submit it to UC Merced's Veteran Certifying Official.

Changes to Schedule

  • All changes to the spouse/dependents schedule (major/minor, adds, drops, class cancellations, and/or withdrawals) must be reported to UC Merced's Veteran Certifying Official.
  • If you are transferring in from another school you are required to complete and return VA Form 22-5495 to the VA Regional Processing Office.

 

Contact Information

UC Merced's Veteran Certifying Official
209-228-7641 | veteranservices@ucmerced.edu

Veterans Administration Educational Office
888-442-4551

Veterans Administration Direct Deposit information
888-838-2778