Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
**As of November 25, 2015, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2016 sunset the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP).**
Current REAP beneficiaries may continue to receive REAP benefits. However, any new claims should apply for Post 9/11 benefits.
REAP is a monthly benefit for the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve consists of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility is established through the Department of Defense.
- Served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, in support of a contingency operation for 90 consecutive days or more; or
- Performed full time National Guard duty under section 502 (f) of title 32 for 90 consecutive days or more when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for the purpose of responding to a national emergency declared by the President supported by federal funds; or
- A member called or ordered to active service while serving the Selected Reserve remains entitled to benefits under REAP only by continuing to serve in the Selected Reserve. A member called or ordered to active service from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) remains entitled to benefits under REAP by continuing to serve in the Ready Reserve.
*Note: Not all call-up service is necessarily qualifying for REAP. DoD/DHS identifies which reservists and full-time National Guard members are eligible. In some cases, serving in an Active Guard or Reserve (AGR) may be qualifying service.
Veterans may not use the same period of active duty service to establish eligibility under both REAP and MGIB-AD. If veteran has at least 24 months of continuous active duty service, and he or she met the eligibility requirements under both programs, the veteran must make an irrevocable election under which program he or she wishes their service to be credited. If the veteran is subsequently called up for another qualifying period of active duty, he or she may then establish eligibility under the other program if the meet the eligibility requirements.
Veterans may receive benefits until his or her eligibility period ends or when the veteran uses all their monthly entitlement, whichever is earlier. Entitlement is up to 36 months of full-time education benefits regardless of how long the veteran served. Eligibility ends the day of separation from Selected Reserve.
Rates are based on enrollment status and length of service, and increase every October. For current rates, please click here.
- Veterans must complete the 22-1990 or click here for the VonApp online.
- Veteran must have an active savings or checking account for direct deposit.
- Veteran must provide our Veterans Office with a DD214 Member-4 copy.
- Veteran must provide our Veterans Office with the VA's letter of eligibility of benefits.
Does a call up to Active Duty make you eligible for Post 9/11?
You may elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if, on August 1, 2009, you have met the requirements to qualify for the Post9/11 GI Bill and you are eligible for Chapter 30, 1606, 1607, or are serving in the Armed Forces.
What if you were eligible for MGIB-AD before you were called up?
If you were eligible for MGIB-AD before you were called up, your call-up will extend your period of MGIB eligibility if:
You were activated under Title 10, U.S. Code (federal authority) and
You served at least 90 days on active duty, or
You were discharged early from your call-up period for one of the following reasons:
Non-service connected medical condition that existed before your call up
Reduction in Force (RIF) for the convenience of the government.
In these cases, your period of eligibility will be 10 years from the date of your last discharge from active duty.
Note: Your qualifying call-up also may give you a new 10-year period of eligibility if your eligibility had expired under MGIB-AD. You should send the Member-4 copy of your DD214 to our Veterans Office after you are discharged.
What if you were eligible for MGIB-SR before you were called up?
You will retain your eligibility for MGIB-SR benefits. If you become eligible for REAP, you must elect which one you want to receive and may only use one at a time. Each qualifying call up will extend your period of eligibility under MGIBSR by time served on active duty plus 4 months. You should send us the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 after each active duty discharge.
Note: You may establish eligibility under REAP while you are completing your 6-year obligation for MGIB-SR