Pennsylvania moves to expand National Guard college aid

Written by The Associated Press | May 14, 2019 1:13 PM

FILE PHOTO: A member of the Pennsylvania National Guard takes up a security position while others remove an injured man while participating in a battle simulation at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Harrisburg) -- Legislation is on the move to extend the Pennsylvania National Guard's higher education benefits to family members.

Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement Tuesday that he supports the bill and urged the Senate to pass it. The bill passed the House unanimously on Monday.

Under the bill, a Pennsylvania National Guard member who signs up for a six-year re-enlistment can pass along the service's higher education benefit to a spouse or a child.

The benefit provides for up to 10 semesters or five years' equivalent of the in-state rate at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university, or that assistance can go toward an institution of higher education that's approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

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