$600 Buy-up Rates for Montgomery GI Bill or REAP

Updated: December 23, 2022
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    $600 buy-up rates and quick facts for the Montgomery GI Bill® or REAP (Reserve Educational Assistance Program).

    Buy-Up Program Quick Facts:

    • The $600 buy-up is only applicable for Montgomery GI Bill or REAP

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    l or REAP (Reserve Educational Assistance Program)
    • Veterans who use the Post-9/11 GI Bill are not eligible to use the Buy-Up benefit, even if they already paid into it
    • Contribute $20 to $600 while still on active-duty and get as much as $150 more per month added to your Montgomery GI Bill or REAP payments
    • A $600 maximum contribution increases total benefits by as much $5,400
    • Each $20 contribution is another $180 in benefits
    • The Air Force program is called the GI Bill Kicker

    Buy-Up table listing GI Bill monthly payment increases if participating in the Buy-Up program.

    If this amount paidAdd this amount to Full Time paymentAdd this amount to ¾ time paymentAdd this amount to ½ time paymentAdd this amount to less than ½ time but more than ¼ time paymentAdd this amount to ¼ time payment
    $20$5.00$3.75$2.50$2.50$1.25
    $40$10.00$7.50$5.00$5.00$2.50
    $60$15.00$11.25$7.50$7.50$3.75
    $80$20.00$15.00$10.00$10.00$5.00
    $100$25.00$18.75$12.50$12.50$6.25
    $120$30.00$22.50$15.00$15.00$7.50
    $140$35.00$26.25$17.50$17.50$8.75
    $160$40.00$30.00$20.00$20.00$10.00
    $180$45.00$33.75$22.50$22.50$11.25
    $200$50.00$37.50$25.00$25.00$12.50
    $220$55.00$41.25$27.50$27.50$13.75
    $240$60.00$45.00$30.00$30.00$15.00
    $260$65.00$48.75$32.50$32.50$16.25
    $280$70.00$52.50$35.00$35.00$17.50
    $300$75.00$56.25$37.50$37.50$18.75
    $320$80.00$60.00$40.00$40.00$20.00
    $340$85.00$63.75$42.50$42.50$21.25
    $360$90.00$67.50$45.00$45.00$22.50
    $380$95.00$71.25$47.50$47.50$23.75
    $400$100.00$75.00$50.00$50.00$25.00
    $420$105.00$78.75$52.50$52.50$26.25
    $440$110.00$82.50$55.00$55.00$27.50
    $460$115.00$86.25$57.50$57.50$28.75
    $480$120.00$90.00$60.00$60.00$30.00
    $500$125.00$93.75$62.50$62.50$31.25
    $520$130.00$97.50$65.00$65.00$32.50
    $540$135.00$101.25$67.50$67.50$33.75
    $560$140.00$105.00$70.00$70.00$35.00
    $580$145.00$108.75$72.50$72.50$36.25
    $600$150.00$112.50$75.00$75.00$37.50

    Source: Department of Veterans Affairs


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