Chapter 1607: REAP (Reserve Education Assistance Program)

Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) 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’s Eligible: The Secretaries of each military service, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) will determine eligibility and establish the program to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserves of the armed forces who are called to duty for 90 days or more. Members may be eligible after serving 90 consecutive days on active duty after Sept. 11, 2001. 

Award amount is based on current VA pay rate for full-time or part-time enrollment.

Need-based Aid: No

Award Amount: based on current VA pay rate

This aid is for eligible members of the U.S. Reserves

Enrollment Requirements: You must be enrolled as a full-time, part-time or half-time student.

Application Form/Instructions:

Must complete VA online application (VONAPP) on VA website.  VA Form DD214

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