• Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607

  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

    Who Is Eligible?

    Eligibility will be 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.

    How Much Does VA Pay?

    The educational assistance allowance payable under REAP is a percentage of the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB) rate based on the number of continuous days served on active duty. Click here is see the current rate table. https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/

    • 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.