Educational benefits are available to Army and other reserve component members who serve under a contingency operation for at least 90 days, on or after September 11, 2001. The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is a new educational benefits program in place to award members of the Selected Reserves of the Army and other Armed Forces, Individual Ready Reserves (IRR) and National Guard who are called to service in response to war or national emergency.
These benefits can be used to pay for college, correspondence and vocational courses, flight training, distance learning and on-the-job training.
Army and other reserve component members who actively serve under a contingency operation are eligible for REAP. National Guard members are eligible if their active service:
- extends for 90 consecutive days or more, AND;
- is authorized under section 502(f), title 32, U.S. Code, AND;
- is authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency, AND;
- is supported by federal funds.
REAP benefits generally end when you leave the Selected Reserves.
How Are Benefits Determined?
REAP educational benefits are calculated as a percentage of your Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) award and based upon the number of continuous days served. Benefit percentages range from 40 to 80% of the MGIB 3 year rate.
How To Apply
First, you must select a VA authorized training program. Then, complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits, and send it to the VA regional office in the state where you will train. You must indicate that you are applying for REAP on this form. You can also apply online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp.
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