In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans benefits programs provided by the states. The following are the Pennsylvania veterans’ benefits programs for education in 2018.
Education Gratuity Program
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides financial assistance (up to $500 per term/semester up to eight semesters) to children of honorably discharged Veterans who have service-connected disabilities and served during a period of war or armed conflict or children of Veterans who die or died in service during a period of war or armed conflict. Veteran Eligibility:
- Died in service during a period of war or armed conflict, or Honorable Discharge
- Served during established war service dates as determined by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
- Veteran must have a 100% permanent and total service connected disability rating by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Child Eligibility:
- Must be between the ages of 16 and 23, living within Pennsylvania five years prior to application and must attend an approved school within the state
- Applicant must demonstrate a financial need
The State Education Assistance Program
The State Education Assistance Program (EAP) can pay up to $3,746, per semester (total of 10 semesters) if you are a PA resident with a 6 year Guard contract and attending a PA school.
You can also use EAP with Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) or Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), Chapter 1606.
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For more information regarding Pennsylvania veterans’ benefits, please visit – Pennsylvania Bureau of Veterans’ Affairs Benefits
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