Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) – Chapter 1607
The Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) 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.
On November 25, 2015, The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP and others may be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® if you no longer qualify for REAP. REAP beneficiaries will be affected based on different factors.
- 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 November 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 November 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 you apply for REAP on or after November 25, 2015, your application will be evaluated for eligibility with all programs, including Post-9/11 GI Bill®, and may award you benefits under a different program.
The Veterans Affairs website lists the types of Training and Assistance approved under REAP as well as the current payment rates for the program. The VA makes changes to these rate tables annually on October 1. Your payment rates may change if your program overlaps this date.