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Educational Assistance Program (EAP) for National Guard members

A state-funded program that awards an education grant in the amount of tuition to qualifying National Guard members. Paperwork is initiated through the Guard unit, and should be submitted at least 2-3 months prior to the term. When eligibility is determined, the student receives an award letter indicating the amount of tuition payment; payment is made directly to the student’s account. Students who receive EAP are also eligible for the GI Bill.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited Commonwealth of PA college that is PHEAA approved.
  • Must be enrolled in approved program of education.
  • Must be a member in good standing of the National Guard with an obligation to serve for 6 years from date of entry into the program. This obligation may be incurred through enlistment/reenlistment/extension.
  • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania 12 months prior to enrollment.
  • Must be a Private through Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer 1 or 2, or Lieutenant.
  • May not possess a Bachelor's degree or higher degree, if full-time.
  • May not be an ROTC Scholarship participant.
  • Failure to complete the 6 year service agreement or being deemed an unsatisfactory participant will result in repayment of all monies paid under the EAP, plus interest & fees.
  • Eligibility is limited to five years of full-time or part-time grants, or the equivalent.

Application Process

  • Enlist, reenlist or extend enlistment for 6 years.
  • Obtain application from PANG Education Officer, submit application, cost and promissory note for the EAP to the PANG Education Officer.
  • Enroll in an approved program at a PHEAA approved school.
  • Have PANG Education Officer verify eligibility and send application to PHEAA.
  • School and student are notified of student’s EAP eligibility; school verifies enrollment; PHEAA disburses monies to the school.

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