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A new initiative to help our Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families has been signed into law. 

Act 32 of 2019 extends the current Pennsylvania National Guard Military Education Program by including a Guard member’s spouse or child in this benefit program. The benefit will be offered in exchange for a Guard member’s six-year reenlistment. 

Under the law, the educational benefit can be used at any Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) institution or any institution of higher learning approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. If the approved institution costs less than the annual tuition rate charged by the state system schools, the student would not pay anything. If it costs more than PASSHE’s annual tuition rate, the student would only pay expenses in excess of PASSHE’s annual tuition rate. 

Pennsylvania National Guard members are eligible for the benefit beginning July 1. Their family members may begin claiming the benefit on Aug. 1, 2020.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania State Grant Program for military and PA National Guard, click here.