REAP provides education scholarships to members of the Reserve components who are called to active duty in response to a declared war or national emergency.
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An Education in Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

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Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is a significant military education benefit program available to those who qualify, from the Department of Defense.

REAP provides education scholarships to members of the Reserve components who are called to active duty in response to a declared war or national emergency. The Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for administering REAP program pay benefits from funds contributed by the Department Of Defense.

REAP was established through the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act of 2005, to give back to soldiers who sacrifice their personal security for the security of their country.

To apply for REAP education benefits, fill out VA Form 1990 and write "REAP" in the first section. If you are already eligible for VA Education benefits under another program, submit VA Form 1995 and note that you would like to activate REAP. To complete your eligibility form, submit copies of your DD-214 and copies of all orders for the time you will use to claim eligibility.

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR REAP?

In order to be eligible to receive REAP benefits, you must have served on active duty for 90 days or more during a Congress or President-declared war or state of emergency. The amount of REAP you receive correlates to the length of your service.

HOW MUCH YOU CAN REAP

The benefit payable under REAP is a percentage of the Chapter 30 three-year-or-more enlistment rate. That enlistment rate has been stable since October 2007 at $1,101.00.

If you perform 90 days or less than one year of active duty service in the U.S. military, your REAP pay rate will be 40% of the three-year rate. If you perform between 1-2 years of active duty service, your REAP pay rate will be 60% of the three-year rate. If you serve on qualified active duty for over 2 years, then your REAP rate increases to 80% of the three-year rate.

Military service members on active duty will only receive REAP reimbursement for costs of the tuition and fees for educational courses already taken, and not costs beyond the statutory rate.

HOW MANY REAP PAYMENTS WILL YOU RECEIVE?

As a military service member in the REAP program, you receive 36 months of full-time entitlement at your given rate depending on years of service. A REAP recipient can only receive up to 48 months of entitlement under any combination of VA education programs. For example, if you've already received benefits for 20 months under Chapter 1606 then you are only eligible for 28 months of REAP payments.

A military service member you cannot receive financial assistance under more than one VA Education program at any given time, so make sure you are not receiving multiple benefits or that there is no overlap of military educational benefit, before applying for REAP.

REAP YOUR REWARDS

The secretaries of your military service, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine who is eligible for REAP, and can assist you in answering specific questions regarding the length and coverage your REAP specific REAP benefits.




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