Link: Email the VA Office

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

  • REAP (Chapter 1607) is a new benefit providing educational assistance to members of the reserve components--Selected Reserve (Sel Res) and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)--who are called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress.
  • Eligibility:  Reservists and National Guard members called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001 for contingency operations for at least 90 consecutive days or more are eligible.
  • Payment:  REAP pays a percentage of the MGIB based on the length of active duty service.  The programs approved are the same as those approved for the MGIB.
  • Entitlement:  Entitlement is 36 months of full time benefits.  The 48-month limitation when combining two or more education programs applies to REAP.  There is no delimiting date if the reservist continues to participate in the reserves.
  • For more information on eligibility or to file a claim for benefits under Chapter 1607, visit
  • Students wishing to use their Chapter 1607 educational benefits at Winthrop University:
    • New students and first time Chapter 1607 educational benefit users must fill out "VA Form 22-1990 Application" and submit all copies of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD form 214) and copies of all orders for the period(s) used to claim eligibility to the VA Office at Winthrop University.
    • Transfer students and prior users of Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 educational benefits must fill out the "VA Form 22-1995" and write "Chapter 1607" on top of the form and submit it to Winthrop's VA Office.
    • All transfer students must provide official transcripts from all prior institutions of higher education to Winthrop's Office of Admissions. This is a requirement for all VA students. The Department of Veteran Affairs requires the VA Office at Winthrop to officially report all prior credits completed at other higher education institutions that can be applied towards the degree program that the student will be working on at Winthrop.


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