Reserve Education Assistance Program

The Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607 of Title 10, U.S. Code) is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to provide benefits to members of the reserve components who are called or ordered to “Active service” in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the President or Congress. The “reserve components” consist of Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard.  “Active Service” is service on active duty or full-time National Guard duty. 


A veteran may be eligible for REAP if they meet the following criteria:

  • Served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, in support of contingency operation for 90 consecutive days or more.

  • Performed full-time National Guard duty under section 502 (f) of title 32 for 90 consecutive days or more when authorized by the President of Secretary of Defense for the purpose of responding to a national emergency declared by the President and supported by Federal funds.

  • A member called or ordered to active service while serving in the Selected Reserve remains entitled to benefits under REAP only by continuing to serve in the Selected Reserve. A member called or ordered to active service from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) remains entitled to benefits under REAP by continuing to serve in the IRR.

For information on applying to the program contact your VSO. There are many components to REAP, to better understand how to apply, when to apply, what you are eligible for, what rate you will receive, and what programs are supported by REAP you must contact your VSO or a VA Educational Specialist.

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