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 Overview

Retiring or separating from the military can have a dramatic effect on GI Bill® benefits as well as your eligibility for the military's tuition assistance program. This page provides general guidance on how a Service Member's benefits are impacted once they are no longer a member of the military.

 CH 33 (Forever/Post 9/11) GI Bill® Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB)

Title 38, Chapter 33 (Forever/Post 9/11) GI Bill® Law requires Service Members to be actively serving in a branch of the Armed Forces at the time of their TEB election, have served at least 6 years in the Armed Forces, and obligate for an additional 4 years of service. Failure to fulfill your additional service obligation will result in termination of your TEB election and recoupment of all funds received. Service Members who are considering retirement need to verify they have fulfilled their additional service obligation prior to submitting their retirement paperwork. The following document will assist a Service Member in verifying their last day of service tied to their TEB election.

 

IMPORTANT!!! FAILURE TO COMPLETE SERVICE OBLIGATION, EVEN BY 1 DAY, WILL RESULT IN TERMINATION OF ALL FUNDS RECEIVED FROM TEB. CALL THE EDUCATION SERVICES OFFICE AT (984) 664-6272 WITH ANY QUESTIONS. 

Verify OED on DoD Letter.pdf

 CH 33 (Forever/Post 9/11) GI Bill®

The expiration date for this benefit is as follows:

 

 Service Member

  • Last discharge from qualifying period of service prior to 01 January 2013 - 15 years to use benefits. 
  • Last discharge from qualifying period of service on/after 01 January 2013 - no expiration

Spouse

  • Using Transferred Benefits: 
    • 15 years from Service Member's last qualifying period of service to use benefits. 
  • Using Benefits Under Fry Scholarship
    • Service Member's death before 01 January 2013 - 15 years from Service Member's death to use benefits. 
    • Service Member's death on/after 01 January 2013 - no expiration. 

Child

  • Using Transferred Benefits: 
    • Has until their 26th Birthday to use benefits. 
  • Using Benefits Under Fry Scholarship
    • Service Member's death before 01 January 2013 - 15 years from 18th Birthday. 
    • Service Member's death on/after 01 January 2013 - no expiration. 

 

Additional information regarding this program can be found by clicking here.

 Chapter 30 (MGIB-AD) GI Bill®

Eligibility under the Chapter 30 (MGIB-AD) GI Bill® program expires 10 years after the Service Member is discharged from active duty. Additional information regarding this program can be found by clicking here.

 Chapter 1606 (MGIB-SR) GI Bill®

Benefits under the Chapter 1606 (MGIB-SR) GI Bill® program are effected differently depending on when you established eligibility and the nature of your discharge. General information can be found on the Chapter 1606 (MGIB-SR) page here, your Notice of Basic Eligibility (DD 2384) (in iPERMS), and your Chapter 1606 Statement of Understanding (DA 5435) (in iPERMS). Please contact the State GI Bill® Manager via email at ng.nc.ncarng.mbx.education-service-office@mail.mil for specific information.

 Army National Guard GI Bill® Kicker

The GI Bill® Kicker program is an incentive that is tied to the policy that was in effect when it was signed. Your GI Bill® Kicker contract will cover the rules for your incentive. Please contact the State GI Bill® Manager via email at ng.nc.ncarng.mbx.education-service-office@mail.mil for specific information.

 Army's Federal Tuition Assistance Program (GoArmyEd)

ALL ARNG Soldiers are no longer qualified to receive benefits under this program once they are separated from service regardless of the nature of separation.

Prior to separation, the following should be noted:

  • Enlisted: your ETS cannot fall between the start and date of your classes
  • Officer: using benefits under this program obligates you to an additional 4 years of service following the semester in which it was utilized
  • Warrant Officer: using benefits under this program obligates you to an additional 2 years of service following the semester in which it was utilized

 North Carolina Tuition Assistance Program (NCTAP)

ALL ARNG Soldiers are no longer qualified to receive benefits under this program once they are separated from service regardless of the nature of separation.

 Education Counseling

Our office will respond to any questions regarding benefits, regardless of whether or not you are still currently serving. Please feel free to contact us at (984) 664-6272.

 Trademark

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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