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Regents Award for Child of Veteran:
Eligibility: Children of veterans who are deceased, 40% or more disabled, former POW or MIA as a result of service during certain specified conflicts. Candidates must be a legal NY resident at the time of application and parent must have been a legal NY resident at the time of induction, death or disability.
Benefits: $450 per year to all eligible candidates up to five years depending on normal length of undergraduate program.
Application: New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12255 telephone: 518-473-7087
Veterans Tuition Awards
Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.
NOTE: Students previously approved for this award must apply for payment each year. Those students attending a vocational school or who are attending an approved undergraduate or graduate program part-time may apply for payment for the current academic year by completing the supplement.
2008 - 2009 Awards
For the 2008-09 academic year, awards will be set at 98% of tuition or $4,287.50, whichever is less. If a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award is also received, the combined academic year award cannot exceed tuition. Thus, the TAP award may be reduced accordingly.
Approved programs are defined as undergraduate degree, graduate degree, diploma, and certificate programs at degree-granting institutions, or noncredit vocational training programs of at least 320 clock hours specifically approved by the New York State Division of Veteran's Affairs' Bureau of Veterans Education.
Eligible students are those who are New York State residents discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. Armed forces and who are:
These students must also:
How to Establish Eligibility
Complete the New York State Veterans Tuition Award Supplement or contact HESC. Be sure to print the Web Supplement Confirmation, sign and return it along with the required documentation according to the instructions.
Questions regarding eligible service or how to document service should be directed to the HESC Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372.
How to Apply for Payment
Once you have established your eligibility, you must apply for payment. While you need only establish your eligibility once, you must apply for payment each year.
Apply for payment as follows:
Applications must be completed by May 1, 2009 for awards for the 2008-09 academic year.
To learn more about programs and benefits for veterans visit the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs. Learn more about the Military Service Recognition Scholarship
Operation Recognition - High School Diplomas
Operation Recognition allows certain veterans to earn high school diplomas if they left school without graduating. Learn more about Operation Recognition
Qualified veterans of the US Armed Forces, active-duty, Guard, and Reserve servicemembers and certain family members may eligible for one or more of the following education benefits offered by the state of Pennsylvania.
Educational Gratuity program provides financial assistance 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's eligibility criteria:
The following decorations can also be used to establish wartime service: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Navy Expeditionary Medal
Child's eligibility criteria:
Payment will not exceed $500.00 per term or semester per qualified child to each approved educational institution upon submission by that approved educational institution of proof of matriculation of the applicant. Educational gratuity payments may not be made for longer than 4 scholastic years.
Contact the County Veterans Affairs Director in the county you reside to apply for this program.
Together with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), administer the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. This program provides tuition assistance for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard, typically for a period of six years.
To be eligible you must:
Graduate degree candidates or those who already hold a bachelors degree:
If you fail to honor the service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard, you must repay all EAP funds you receive, plus interest.
PA provides a special state grant to children of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who has been designated a "Prisoner of War" or as "Missing in Action" and:
Students do not qualify if they are a child of any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who deserted, defected to the enemy, or was discharged under conditions other than "honorable."
File a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the POW-MIA application.
You may obtain the POW-MIA application by calling:
717-720-2366(TDD, for hearing-impaired ONLY)
Students should file as early as possible. Funds permitting, PA may be able to consider applications for the full academic year as long as they are filed with the Agency before April 1 of the spring term for which aid is being requested.
This program honors individuals who lost their lives protecting the citizens of this Commonwealth by providing their children with a waiver of tuition, fees, and room and board charges. An act was signed into law that provides financial assistance to children of Pennsylvania police officers, firefighters, rescue or ambulance squad members, corrections facility employees or National Guard members who died in the line of duty after January 1, 1976.
On November 30, 2004, the Governor signed into law an amendment to this Act, to also include sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, National Guard members and certain other individuals who are on federal or state active military duty, are Pennsylvania residents, and who died in the line of duty since September 11, 2001.
This program provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and room and board costs charged by public postsecondary institutions. This waiver is only applied to charges that remain after all other grants (federal, state and outside scholarships) have been applied to your student account.
To qualify you must:
How to apply:
Please Note: A certified copy of the student's birth certificate must accompany the PEGP Application for first-time applicants. For more information on how to obtain this certificate, please visit http://www.portal.health.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596.
Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program
PHEAA State Grant and Special Programs
P.O. Box 8114
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8114
The Veterans/Military Education Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education has been designated by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the State Approving Agency for Training of Veterans/Eligible persons and reservists in the field of institutional training, correspondence training, flight training, apprenticeship training, and other on-the-job training under the provisions of Chapters 30, 32, 34, 35 and 36 of Title 38, United States Code, Chapter 1606 of Title 10, United States Code, and Chapter 1607 of Title 10, United State Code. PA Division of Military and Veterans Affairs
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