Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP)

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a 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 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.

For more information see the REAP Pamphlet 

Current payment rates 

$600 Buy-up Program

Some reservists may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill benefits. You must be a member of a Ready Reserve component (Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve, or Inactive National Guard) to pay into the "buy-up" program.

Increased monthly rates listing

How to Apply

Complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits, online at the Department of Veterans Affairs. You will receive a confirmation number and an email from the VA upon successful submission of your online application. Please provide a copy of the entire completed online application to the Veteran Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Office.

Beginning August 1, 2011, break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under REAP except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike). For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15th and your Spring term begins January 10th, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January.


 For More Information, Call Toll-Free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)
or Visit http://www.gibill.va.gov.