Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve; Reserve Educational Assistance Program
To encourage membership in units of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve and to provide educational assistance to members of the reserve components called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency declared by the President or Congress.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act; National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 114-92, 10 U.S.C. 1606-1607
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
What follows is not a complete list of eligibility requirements. For more information on MGIB-SR and REAP visit http://www.gibill.va.gov. Generally, to qualify for benefits under MGIB-SR you must (1) Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after September 30, 1990; (2) Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT); (3) Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement; and (4) Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. Generally, to qualify for benefits under REAP you must have served at least 90 consecutive days on active duty as a result of a call or order to active duty from a reserve component in response to a war or national emergency declared by the President or Congress.
As stated above under Applicant Eligibility
Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), or eligibility notification from the Department of Defense.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Reservist may apply for MGIB-SR and REAP benefits by completing and submitting the Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). Applications may be obtained and completed online via the GI Bill website at www.GIBill.va.gov. Applications are also available at all VA Regional Offices.
Awards are authorized at the designed VA Regional Processing Office. Participants may use benefits while serving in an active selected reserve unit. MGIB-SR participants released due to disability that was not caused by misconduct will have 14 years from their date of eligibility to use benefits. REAP participants generally have 10 years from their release date to use education benefits.
November 24, 2015 to November 25, 2019 The following information applies only to the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP). 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 RREAP benefits until November 25, 2019. 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. Veterans may be eligible to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Veterans who have not enrolled in school and applied for REAP benefits prior to November 2, 52015, are no longer eligible for REAP benefits. However , in most cases, the Veteran will be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If the VA received a new application for REAP on or after November 25, 2015, the veteran's periods of service will be evaluated for eligibility for all programs, including Post-9/11 GI Bill. If you're using REAP but would like learn how to make an irrevocable election to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill instead, please call us at 1-888-GIBILL-1.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
.In FY 2017, an original claim will be considered timely I f processed within 21 days. A supplemental claim will be considered timely if processed within 9 days.
Appeals are available in 2016, the average response time was 81 days
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Participants may receive payment for pursuit of approved educational assistance programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Reservists receive monthly payments in most instances. Accelerated payments (one-time payments) equal to 60% of the cost of the course are available for certain high cost courses. Advance payment of the first 2 months of benefits for an enrollment period may be available. Reservists receive monthly payments in most instances. Accelerated payments (one-time payments) equal to 60% of the cost of the course are available for certain high cost courses. Advance payment may be available; if eligible, VA will advance payment for the first partial month plus the first full month of the enrollment.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
VA Central Office
Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Office
Washington, DC 20420. USPhone:
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18 FY 16 FY 17 - (Direct Payments)
MGIB-SR: FY 09 $163,962,000; FY10 $195,223,000; FY 11 EST $230,630,000
REAP: FY 09 $177,705,000; FY 10 $109,026,000; FY 11 EST $90,834,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The amount of educational assistance an individual is entitled to under chapter 1606 is $369, based on full time training for FY 2017. Assistance under chapter 1607 for FY 2017 is $1,485.60 for consecutive service of 2 or more years, $1114.20 for one year, but less than two, and $742.80 for 90 days but less than a year of service. Chapter 1607 rates are based on MGIB chapter 30 three year rate.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Title 10, U.S. Code, chapters 1606 and 1607.
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