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PA GI Bill Provides Tuition Help to National Guard Families

Gov. Wolf signed the bill today, providing up to 5 years of education benefits to spouses and children of PA National Guard Members.

Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) has signed the PA GI Bill, creating a program that allows spouses and children of Pennsylvania National Guard members to attend college at no or reduced cost.

"Pennsylvania National Guard members and their spouses and children give a tremendous sacrifice to keep residents safe. These families endure hardships that include many sleepless nights away from one another during overseas deployments, training exercises and domestic emergencies," Gov. Wolf said. "The Military Family Education Program is a fitting way to pay tribute to the families who give this selfless support."

According to the Governor's Office, the PA GI Bill could benefit up to 8,000 military family members .

"In most cases, our family members do not wear a military uniform, but they serve and sacrifice right alongside our Guardsmen," said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Under the bill, National Guard members who commit to an additional six years of service can receive five years of higher education (up to 10 semesters) benefits for their spouses and children at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved educational institution.

Currently, National Guard members are eligible for non-transferable benefits under the Education Assistance Program (EAP) with their initial service obligation of six years.

For more information on the EAP or to check your eligibility, you can click here .

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