Harrisburg, PA – Landmark legislation that represents a big win for Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families was signed into law Monday in Harrisburg.

The new law offers a free college education for a Pennsylvania National Guard member as well as their spouse and children in exchange for a six-year reenlistment.

The benefit can be used to attend any Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education school free or for partial tuition benefits at other institutions of higher learning approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

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). The PA GI bill could benefit up to 8,000 military family members.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are in agreement about the new law, which is the first of its kind in the country.

Rep. Matt Gabler, a Republican serving Clearfield and Elk Counties.

Senator Lindsey Williams of Allegheny County, the co-sponsor of the legislation.