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Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Checklist for Texas A&M International University

1.) Apply and be accepted to the University.

2.) Complete the VA Application (VA Form 22-1990)or apply on Vets.gov.

3.) Request your military transcript:

4.) If previously enrolled in any other institution, request institution's transcript.

5.) Present discharge documents (DD-214) to the VA Coordinator (Located in ZSC 121K).

6.) Present the Certificate of Eligibility (VA Education Award Letter) to the VA Coordinator.

7.) Complete the "Request for Veteran Certification" form at the TAMIU Veterans Affairs Office.

Submission to certify your attendance at Texas A&M International University

New students

Previous Applicants

 

Benefit Information

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.

Current payment rates

This change affects beneficiaries differently:

  • Current REAP beneficiaries -- 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 REAP benefits until November 25, 2019.
  • REAP beneficiaries not attending school -- 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. You may be eligible to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • New REAP applicants – Veterans who have not enrolled in school and applied for REAP benefits prior to November 25, 2015, are no longer eligible for REAP benefits. However, in most cases, you will be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

You may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits depending on the dates of your periods of service. If VA receives a new application for REAP on or after November 25, 2015, they will evaluate your eligibility for all programs, including Post-9/11 GI Bill, and may award you benefits under a different program.

If you're using REAP but would like to learn how to make an irrevocable election to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill instead, please call us at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST Monday – Friday) to speak with an Education Call Center Agent.

 

Additional Information

Once a file is established and you are enrolled, monthly verification of enrollment is required of the student by Veterans Affairs. Submit your monthly verification by toll-free touch-tone telephone at 1-877-823-2378 or online at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) program. If enrollment has changed during the month, you must verify your enrollment through the WAVE program. Payment can be expected 3-15 days from the date VA was notified of verification. Direct deposits are available. Call 1-800-827-1000. For the hearing impaired, please call 1-800-829-4833.

Related Information

For additional information, please click on the following link:

Chapter 1607 Pamphlet