Education

Gi Bill

Selected Reserve Chapter 1606

The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a six–year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must agree 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.
  • Complete your initial active duty training (IADT).
  • Meet the requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours towards a college degree to meet this requirement .
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selective Reserve unit.
  • More information on this Benefit.

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is a new benefit providing educational assistance to members of the reserve components – Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve – who are called or ordered to active service in response to war or national emergency, as declared by The President or Congress.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Eligibility will be determined by the Department of Defense (DOD) or Homeland Security (DHS) as appropriate.
  • Generally, a member of a reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S.C., for at least 90–consecutive days under a contingency operation is eligible for REAP.
  • More information on this benefit.

Post–9/11 GI Bill

The Post–9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service–connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post–9/11 GI Bill.

The Post–9/11 GI Bill became effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing. For a summary of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, see the benefit comparison chart.

Approved training under the Post–9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post–9/11 GI Bill.

The Post–9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the highest in–state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the educational institution is located. For more expensive tuition, the “Yellow Ribbon Program” exists which may help to reimburse the difference. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program click here.

The Post–9/11 GI Bill also offers some servicemembers the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents. For more information click here.