Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf has proposed the Military Family Education Program, or PA GI Bill, enabling members of the Pennsylvania National Guard to earn college benefits for their spouse and children.
Senator Lindsey Williams will co-sponsor the legislation in the state Senate.
It hasn’t been voted on yet but, if it passes, the PA GI Bill would be the first program of its kind in the nation.
The education benefit will be available to Guard members and existing service members transferring into the National Guard who completed their initial military term and commit to an additional six years of Guard service.
The program will provide for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family member(s). The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved educational institution, and at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
Currently, National Guard members are eligible for the Education Assistance Program with their initial service obligation of six years that provides them a non-transferable educational benefit.