Soldiers in a classroom for training.

What is the Army Reserve?

While active duty Soldiers serve overseas, Army Reserve Soldiers fill critical roles at home. They are needed for jobs in medicine, aviation, rescue and extraction, sustainment (food, shelter and potable water), infrastructure protection, civil affairs and engineering. Army Reserve Soldiers are doctors, lawyers, academics, scientists and information technology specialists, just to name a few.

As an Army Reserve Soldier, you will be able to live where you wish, work your civilian career, and attend school. You will spend just one weekend a month and two weeks a year working and training in the Reserve, but you will still have many of the benefits as full time Soldiers, including health care, and retirement benefits.

How can the Army Reserve Help me Pay for College?

First and foremost, you will earn competitive part-time pay as an Army Reserve Soldier. But you will also have access to many education benefits that will allow you to offset a large portion of your tuition bill.
The following is a short list of the benefits you could earn as an Army Reserve Soldier. Check out the Army Reserve Financial Aid Benefits page for more detailed information on Army Reserve education benefits.

Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

  • Provides more than $13,000 to help you pay for college
  • Up to $375 per month for 36 months for full time students

Army Reserve Montgomery GI Bill "Kicker"

  • Up to $350 per month added to your Montgomery GI Bill benefits. Earn up to $12,600 total.

Army Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

  • Rewards Soldiers for active duty Army service
  • Earn up to $40,000 in education benefits

Student Loan Repayment

  • Earn up to $50,000 to repay your current student loans
  • Must agree to a six-year service commitment in the Army Reserve

Tuition Assistance

  • Covers up to $250 per credit hour of approved college courses
  • Can be used to pay for 16 semester hours per fiscal year

Concurrent Admissions Program

  • Earn credit towards college while training and working in the Army Reserve
  • Choose from more than 1,800 colleges


Learn more about Army Reserve Education Benefits.