Chapter 1607 GI Bill - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
What Is REAP?
REAP (Chapter 1607 of title 10, U.S. Code) is a GI Bill program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve, who are called to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress.
Who Is Eligible?
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 or more under a contingency operation.
How Much Does the Benefit Pay?
The educational assistance 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. Persons released before 90 days due to an injury, illness, or disease incurred or aggravated in the line of duty receive the 40% rate.
- 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.
For more information on current rates, please visit the Veteran Affairs Website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits-resources/rates-tables.html
What Programs Are Available?
The following programs are available:
- College or University Degree Programs
- Flight Training
- Vocational Programs
- On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Programs
- Independent Study or Distance Learning Programs
- Entrepreneurship Courses
- Correspondence Courses
Note: To find out if your school or program is approved for VA educational benefits under REAP, contact your school’s VA Certifying Official, or call VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
How Can You Apply?
The Soldier must bring a copy of their DD 214 from deployment to the VA representative at the school. The Soldier will complete a VA Form 22-1990 Application for Benefits with the VA rep. The school will then complete a VA Form 22-1999 to verify the Soldier’s enrollment. All paperwork is then forwarded to the Buffalo Regional Office for processing.
How do I Initiate My Monthly Payments for Chpt 1607 GI Bill?
Soldiers must verify their enrollment once a month, every month they collect GI Bill. Enrollment can be verified online through the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) System at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/default.cfm or the Soldier can call 1-877-823-2378.
Can I Collect Chpt 1607 GI Bill and Tuition Assistance at the same time?
Soldiers taking 6 credits or more can use Tuition Assistance and GI Bill at the same time for the same courses.
What Will Happen to My Chpt 1607 GI Bill Benefits If I leave the ARNG?
If a Soldier leaves a reserve component and/or enters IRR or ING, the Soldier’s Chapter 1607 GI Bill will be terminated effective the ETS date or date they are transferred to IRR or ING.
If a Soldier completes their 8-year obligation and leaves from an active drilling status, they may be eligible to keep the Chapter 1607 benefit for 10 years after their last date of title 10 service.
For more information, please contact the Education Office at firstname.lastname@example.org