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Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Benefit Amounts

The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607) was designed to provide educational benefits to members of the Reserve who are have served more than 90 consecutive days active duty on or after 9/11/2001.

Benefits paid under REAP are based upon the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB-AD) rates calculated for three-years or more of consecutive active duty service. Reap amounts are based upon how long you serve on active duty. If you serve:

  • 90 days but less than a year — paid 40% of the MGIB-AD rate
  • 1 year but less than 2 years — paid 60% of the MGIB-AD rate
  • More than 2 years — paid 80% of the MGIB-AD rate

The rates are also influenced by how much time you are enrolled in school and whether you are going to school versus an apprenticeship or on-the-job training. A full time student for the 2010-2011 school year with more than 2 years of consecutive service can receive $1140.80 a month. The 60% rate for the same period is $855.60 while the 40% amount is $570.40. Students enrolled in ½ time can receive half the amount but this money can only be used for tuition and fees.

Cooperative training pays $1140.80 for 2 or more years of service, $855.60 for 1-2 years and $570.40 for 90 days-1 year.

Correspondence training generally receives a smaller entitlement than educational institutions. More than 2 years of consecutive service means that the entitlement will pay up to 44% of the approved cost of the course, 1-2 years pays 33% of the approved cost of the course, 90 days-1 year pays 22% of the approved cost of the course.

Flight Training is paid a bit better than correspondence courses with the percentages coming in at 48%, 36% and 24%.

Apprenticeship and on-the-job training receive a lower entitlement. For more than 2 years this amount is $855.60 for the first six months of training, $627.22 for the second six months of training and $399.28 for the remainder of training.

Current yearly GI Bill benefits rates are available through the GI Bill website and are available through your educational counselor. It is always a good idea to seek some advice when trying to navigate the eligibility requirements and benefits available to reserve members.

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