Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

Chapter 1607 GI Bill®

Benefit Summary:

Below is a quick snapshot of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) GI Bill® benefits and the general eligibility requirements. To fully determine your eligibility for this benefit, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at (888) 442-4551.

  • Your eligibility is determined by the Department of Defense based on your total time of activated service.
  • Students are paid directly by the VA on a monthly basis while attending courses. See Pay Rates for more information.
  • Students must verify their enrollment on WAVE at the end of each month in order to receive their benefit payment.

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Eligibility Update: Effective November 25, 2015, first-time students are no longer able to apply for this benefit. Instead, students are encouraged to apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Students that were already enrolled and certified for REAP benefits on or before November 25, 2015 will be able to continue receiving the benefit. For additional questions, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs directly at (888) 442-4551.


How to use your REAP Benefits (Chapter 1607):

Step 1Complete Veterans Affairs Paperwork

Go to the VONAPP website to fill out and submit the appropriate form to the Department of Veterans Affairs (see below). 

  • 22-1990 - Use if you are applying for Veterans education benefits for the first time.
  • 22-1995 - Use if you have used your benefits at another institution and would like to transfer to Liberty University as your primary institution. You will also need to use this form if you are changing the degree level you are pursuing.

You may want to print a copy of this document for your records. To verify you have successfully submitted your form to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a confirmation number will appear on the bottom of each page of the form you print out. 


Step 2Contact the Office of Military Affairs

Once you fill out the VONAPP and submit it to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you will need to notify Liberty's Office of Military Affairs that you will be using your GI Bill benefits for your enrollment. We do not automatically receive this notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs. To accomplish this step, we recommend you submit any one document from the following list to the Office of Military Affairs, or contact us directly to advise us of the benefit you will be using. Documentation is not required to set up your GI Bill with Liberty University, but it is encouraged to ensure the most accurate processing of your benefit and to give you access to special payment plan accommodations.

  • Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  • VA Award Letter
  • Copy of your eBenefits page
  • Copy of your WAVE Verification page

Please note:

  • If you submit a VA document to the Office of Military Affairs, please ensure you include your full name and Student ID to ensure we can process your document for you without delay.
  • Please be sure to inform us of the VA Chapter of benefits you are using (Ch. 33, Ch. 30, Ch. 35, Ch. 1606, or Ch. 1607). You may include this information on the document you submit or you may contact us directly to give us this information.
  • Any GI Bill documentation and information can be submitted to the Office of Military Affairs by:

Step 3

Registration and Certification

Once you have completed Steps 1 and 2, and you have enrolled in courses, the Office of Military Affairs will submit an enrollment certification (22-1999) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This process typically takes 3-5 business days, but may take longer during peak enrollment periods. Once your courses have been certified, you will receive an email to your Liberty email account indicating the courses and dates that were reported to the VA.  On average it will take 6 weeks for the VA to process your certifications.

Once the VA has processed your enrollment certification, they will post your enrollment information on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system. We recommend that you check WAVE periodically to see when your enrollment information is made available in that system.


Step 5Complete Financial Check-In

Please remember that arrangements for the full payment of your tuition and fees must be made during the completion of your Financial Check-In. Within Financial Check-In, qualifying students have the option of using federal financial aid or payment plans.

Online students: The military payment plan is available through Financial Check-In for online students using Reserve Education Assistance Program GI Bill (Chapter 1607). Please note this option will not be made available until after a VA document verifying the chapter of benefit being used is received by the Office of Military Affairs or until after the Office of Military Affairs has verified your eligibility with the VA. This verification may not occur until after the Financial Check-In deadline.

Residential students: The deferred payment plan is available through Financial Check-In for residential students using Reserve Education Assistance Program GI Bill (Chapter 1607). Please note this option will not be made available until after a VA document verifying the chapter of benefit being used is received by the Office of Military Affairs or until after the Office of Military Affairs has verified your eligibility with the VA. This verification may not occur until after the Financial Check-In deadline.

Please review the information on our Financial Check-In Guide for more information.


Step 5

Verify Your Enrollment on W.A.V.E.

Before the VA can release payment to you for these courses, you will need to verify your enrollment on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system in one of two ways:

Keep in mind that your enrollment information will not post on WAVE until the certification has been processed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. WAVE Verification will need to be completed on the first day of every month during the term to release the payment for the previous month.


Keep the VA Updated on Any Changes

You are required to keep the Department of Veterans Affairs updated on any changes made to your benefit. Such changes include but are not limited to:

  • Changing degree levels
  • Changing your primary school of attendance

Failure to maintain the accuracy of this information with the VA may result in delayed or denied payment from the VA.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.