REAP Chapter 1607


Overview
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607 provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.

Change in REAP Eligibility
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on Nov. 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill in many ways has replaced REAP because it also provides educational assistance benefits for Reserve and National Guard members called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001, and in many cases provides a greater benefit than REAP.

The VA is committed to ensuring that Reservists, National Guard members, and Veterans understand this change, and is working to identify individuals who no longer have eligibility for REAP and inform them of potential eligibility to other benefit programs.

This change affects beneficiaries differently:

  • Current REAP beneficiaries - Veterans who were attending an educational institution on November 24, 2015, or during the last semester, quarter, or term ending prior to that date, are eligible to continue to receive REAP benefits until Nov. 25, 2019
  • REAP beneficiaries not attending school - Veterans who applied for REAP but were not attending an educational institution on November 24, 2015, or during the last semester, quarter, or term ending prior to that date are no longer eligible to receive REAP benefits. You may be eligible to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • New REAP applicants - Veterans who have not enrolled in school and applied for REAP benefits prior to Nov. 25, 2015, are no longer eligible for REAP benefits. However, in most cases, you will be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

You may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits depending on the dates of your periods of service. If the VA receives a new application for REAP on or after Nov. 25, 2015, the VA will evaluate your eligibility for all programs, including Post-9/11 GI Bill, and may award you benefits under a different program.

If you’re using REAP but would like to make an irrevocable election to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill instead, please call the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (7 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST Mon. - Friday) to speak with an Education Call Center Agent.

Available Benefits and Eligibility
Certain Reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for benefits. For current rates visit REAP Chapter 1607 rates. Qualified Soldiers may also elect to participate in the “$600 Buy Up Program,” which enables them to contribute up to $600 in order to receive additional payments of up to $5,400.

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