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Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607) is available to students who are members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve, and National Guard and were called to active service in response to a war or national emergency.
The program requires that the reservists have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, the reservist must have completed Initial Active Duty Training (IADB). Finally, a reservist must be participating in training at the time benefits are used. A reservist is allowed 36 months of full-time benefits. Eligibility is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs – you can find detailed information on the GI Bill website.
How to Use Your Benefits
Submit your VA paperwork.
Send a copy of your certificate of eligibility (COE) or a copy of your VA application confirmation page to the Student Finance Department. If you have never applied for your Chapter 1607 education benefits, please visit the VONAPP website and complete the online application (VA Form 22-1990).
If you have previously used your Chapter 1607 benefit with another school, you will need to transfer your benefits to Trident with the Change Program/Place of Training application (VA Form 22-1995).
Register for your classes.
When you register for your courses at Trident University, choose Veteran Benefits as your method of payment. If you are unable to do so, please inform a VA certifying official that you are planning on using your VA benefits for that session.
Settle your Trident tuition.
Since the VA will send funding for tuition and fees directly to you, you will be required to settle your tuition with Trident University in order for your financial hold to be lifted. You can pay in full, set up a payment plan or utilize a different payer type. Students who are eligible for Veteran Affair’s Benefits may qualify for the 3 Pay Tuition Payment Plan. Please contact our Student Finance Department for settlement options.
Verify your enrollment with the VA each month.
To receive your funds from the VA you will need to verify your enrollment with the VA on the last calendar day of each month you are enrolled. Enrollment can be verified online through the WAVE system or by calling 877-823-2378. You will receive your first check the month after the session begins.
Helpful Links and Phone Numbers
Main VA website http://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/ | 888-442-4551
VONAPP (VA benefits application website): http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
Enrollment Verification https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do | 877-823-2378
Other VA benefits 800-827-1000