Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)

REAP in the Benefits.

The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is a new education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), and National Guard, who are called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress.

Am I Eligible?

Eligibility is determined by the Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as appropriate. Generally, a member of a Reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S. Code, for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation, is eligible for REAP. There is no specific time frame to use REAP; however, your eligibility generally ends when you leave the Selected Reserves.
National Guard members are eligible if their active service extends for 90 consecutive days or more and their service is:

  • Authorized under section 502(f), title 32, U.S. Code,
  • Authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency, and
  • Supported by federal funds.
  • Members who serve 90 days but less than 1 year will receive 40% of the MGIB 3 year rate.
  • Members who serve 1 year but less than 2 years will receive 60% of the MGIB 3 year rate.
  • Members who serve 2 or more continuous years will receive 80% of the MGIB 3 year rate.

The amount VA pays is based on the type of training program and training time (i.e. full time, half time, etc). If attendance is less than a month or less than full-time, payments are reduced proportionately.

 

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