Virginia Commonwealth University

Reserve Educational Assistance Program

(REAP, Chapter 1607) REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new 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 new 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.  

Some reservists may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill benefits. You must be a member of a Ready Reserve component (Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve, or Inactive National Guard) to pay into the "buy-up" program. For more information contact your personnel or payroll office.

To receive Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits veterans must apply online using the Veterans On-line Application (VONAPP) or mail the paper application to the VA Regional Office, P.O. Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14240-4616.

Visit the GI Bill Web Site for details about this program »

For a listing of the rate tables »

If you are receiving VA education assistance for the first time:

  1. Complete the VCU Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Assistance form (pdf).
  2. Complete the VCU Veterans Educational Benefits Transfer Credits Evaluation form (pdf) if applicable.
  3. Submit the form(s) to Veterans Certification in the Office of Records and Registration. Your enrollment will be certified to the regional Veterans Administration Office.
  4. When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) provide a copy to Veterans Certification.

If you have received VA education assistance at VCU previously:

  1. Complete the VCU Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Assistance form (pdf).
  2. Submit the form to Veterans Certification in the Office of Records and Registration. Your enrollment will be certified to the regional Veterans Administration Office.

If you have received VA education assistance previously at another college or university but not at VCU:

  1. Complete the VCU Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Assistance form (pdf).
  2. Complete theVCU Veterans Educational Benefits Transfer Credits Evaluation form (pdf).
  3. Complete the Veterans Affairs Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995).
  4. Submit the forms to Veterans Certification in the Office of Records and Registration. Your enrollment will be certified to the regional Veterans Administration Office.
  5. When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) provide a copy to Veterans Certification.
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Records & Registration

Harris Hall
1015 Floyd Ave., 1st Floor
P.O. Box 842520
Richmond, VA 23284

Phone: (804) 828-1349
Fax: (804) 828-8121
Email: rar@vcu.edu

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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