Selected Reserves GI (Chapter 1606) and Reserves Educational Assistance Program REAP (CHAPTER 1607)

Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 cover some of the benefits you are entitled to. 

Applications 
  1. Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990)
  2. Apply to West Hills College - Online
  3. Apply for Financial Aid- Online 
  4. Complete Online WHCL Student Orientation- Log into your WHCL student account at myWestHills, scroll down on the right side and click WHCL student orientation. Click Online Orientation Module. 
West Hills College Forms (Required)
  1. Veterans Office Application
  2. Memorandum of Understanding
  3. H3 35 (General Education Waiver) 
Registration Process (Required) 
  1. Request all transcripts from other colleges. Official transcripts must be sealed. 
  2. Request your official Joint Service Transcripts at jst.doded.mil
  3. Bring a copy of your DD-214
  4. Take our assessment/placement test. Exemptions: English and Math class completed at another college. View dates and times online by clicking here. 
  5. Make appointment with Veteran's Academic Counselor/Advisor. Call Monique Suter at (559) 925-3341. View our Veteran's Checklist

What are Chapter 1606 and 1607 benefits? 

Montgomery GI Bill
Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606) 
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp
Reserves Educational Assistant Program 
REAP (Chapter 1607)
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp
Requirements Requirements
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. 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.
You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances. $600 Buy-up Program
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.
Eligibility Eligibility

Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program.  You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.  Your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

DoD or DHS make decisions about your eligibility. VA does not have authority under the law to make or reverse eligibility determinations. If your eligibility status is corrected, VA will pay benefits for periods when you were eligible.
  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed 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; OR
  • Complete your initial active duty for training; OR
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement; OR
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB - SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.
  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed 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; OR
  • Complete your initial active duty for training; OR
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement; OR
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB - SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.
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Certification Certification
You cannot be certified for G. I. Benefits without seeing Rupinder Rai or Janet Young. Each semester you must provide a 826 form with approved courses to the Veterans Academic Counselor/Advisor. The school or training program official certifies to VA your enrollment in an approved program. You cannot be certified for G. I. Benefits without seeing Rupinder Rai or Janet Young. Each semester you must provide a 826 form with approved courses to the Veterans Academic Counselor/Advisor. The school or training program official certifies to VA your enrollment in an approved program.