A new bill is now on the books which allows spouses and children of Pennsylvania National Guard members to attend college at no or reduced cost.
Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law the PA GI Bill, and it’s the first program of its kind in the nation.
Under the bill, national guard members who commit to an additional six years of service can receive five years of higher education benefits for their spouses and children. The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency-approved educational institution, and at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The program will provide for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family members.
The PA GI bill could benefit up to 8,000 military family members.