Transfer of Entitlements

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If you were a member of the Armed Forces on August 1, 2009, the Department of Defense (DoD) may offer you the opportunity to transfer benefits to your spouse or dependent children.

Eligible Dependents

If approved to transfer an entitlement to educational assistance, you may transfer the entitlement to:

  • Your spouse
  • One or more of the member’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.

A child's subsequent marriage will not affect his or her eligibility to receive the educational benefit; however, after an individual has designated a child as a transferee under this section, the individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.

A subsequent divorce will not affect the transferee’s eligibility to receive educational benefits; however, after an individual has designated a spouse as a transferee under this section, the eligible individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.

Additional information and instructions can be found at http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html.