Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) members eligible for the new PA GI Bill, or Military Family Education Program, can now apply for the program and family members can use the benefit during the 2020-21 academic semesters. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill, the first of its kind in the nation, into law on July 1, 2019.
“Pennsylvania National Guard members historically serve without hesitation when called upon to protect our freedom, and so do their families,” Gov. Wolf said. “Incredible sacrifices are made abroad and at home when a member of the PNG is deployed. This educational benefit is a way to show families that their support and sacrifices are noticed and appreciated, and they can now pursue higher education without the burden of debt.”
“The Pennsylvania National Guard is comprised of highly trained soldiers and airmen who are experts in their specialty areas and are frequently called for federal or state duty. It’s critical to Pennsylvania and the nation that we retain these talented men and women,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “This is a great re-enlistment incentive for these service members who are not only protecting commonwealth and country, but also want to secure a bright future for their family.”
Under the PA GI Bill, eligible PNG members can receive five years of higher education benefits for their spouses and children at a PA State System of Higher Education institution. The program provides for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family members.
To be eligible, a PNG member must have completed their initial service obligation in the PA Guard and has extended/reenlisted for an additional six-year service obligation to the PA Guard on or after July 1, 2019. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, go to: www.pa.ng.mil/Offices-Programs/Education-Services/Military-Family-Education-Program/.