Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI
Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their
spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009.
Official DoD TEB
website. (Non VA link)
Any 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,
- Has 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
- Has 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
- Is or becomes 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
- For those individuals eligible for retirement on August 1, 2009, no
additional service is required.
- For those individuals who have an approved retirement date after August 1,
2009, and before July 1, 2010, no additional service is required.
- For those individuals eligible for retirement after August 1, 2009, and
before August 1, 2010, 1 year of additional service after approval of transfer
- For those individuals eligible for retirement on or after August 1, 2010,
and before August 1, 2011, 2 years of additional service after approval of
transfer are required.
- For those individuals eligible for retirement on or after August 1, 2011,
and before August 1, 2012, 3 years of additional service after approval of
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.
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
Nature of Transfer
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
Family member use of transferred educational benefits is
subject to the following:
- 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.
- Is not eligible for the monthly stipend or books and supplies stipend while
the member is serving on active duty.
- Can use the benefit for up to 15 years after the service member's last
separation from active duty.
- 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.
How to apply for TEB
First you must go to the DoD transferability application website to determine
if your dependents are eligible to receive the transferred benefits. This
website is only available to military members.
Official DoD transferability application
website (non-VA Link, Internet Explorer only)
Upon approval, family
members may apply to use transferred benefits with VA by completing VA Form
22-1990e. VA Form 22-1990e should only be completed and submitted to VA by the
family member after DoD has approved the request for TEB. Do not use VA Form
22-1990e to apply for TEB.
Click Here - To access the
electronic version of VA Form 22-1990e (VONAPP)
Click Here - To
access the paper version of VA-Form 22-1990e