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Education Assistance Program

EAP is state funded program; it provides educational assistance for eligible members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. EAP funding is awarded regardless of financial need. In addition, reductions or adjustments of PA State Grants cannot be as a result of a service member receiving EAP. The amount of each award will be based on enrollment status, (full-time or part-time) and on the tuition charged, capped at the PA State System of Higher Education Schools (PASSHE) flat full-time tuition rate plus the technology fee, which is $4,097.00 per semester for the 2019-20 academic year.


Full-time Grants - The tuition plus technology fee or $4,097.00 whichever is less per semester. (Full-time students must take 12 or more credits per semester)


Part-time Grants for members who may or may not possess a baccalaureate degree -  The tuition & technology fee per credit or the $340 per credit tuition & technology rate charged by PASSHE, whichever is less per semester. (Part-time students must be taking under 12 credits per semester)


The EAP award amount can be applied to tuition costs, fees, books and room and board, up to the Allowable Cost of Attendance for members using FTA and GI Bill (Chapter 33) for the same term.


Funding is limited to 10 full-time semesters or 120 part-time credits.


Eligibility Requirements

1. Members must have a six-year service agreement with the PA National Guard and sign a Statement of Understanding (EAP Form-1) prior to submitting an application. 6-year contract/extension & EAP Form-1 must have the same date.

2. Be a graduate of Basic Training or the equivalent prior to submitting an application.

3. Be an active satisfactory participant in a PA National Guard Unit. (Less than 9 AWOLS in any 1-year period)

4. Be a member in good standing.  A member whose status is subject to a flag is not a member in good standing, making that member not eligible for EAP.

5. Be an eligible member of PA National Guard prior to the 1st day of class.

6. Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at a school located in Pennsylvania and approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). PHEAA’s criterion is: Schools that have approval for Title IV Student loans are approved for EAP. There are approximately 400 schools.

7. A member is not eligible for EAP benefits if receiving a Line ROTC Scholarship. However, if member is receiving a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship or a Dedicated National Guard Scholarship through the ROTC program, member is still eligible for EAP funding.


The 14 State System of Higher Education schools are:

Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester

(Schools are subject to change)


EAP can provide full-time funding for students for those taking a minimum of 12 credits per semester.


Mobilized members may be eligible for extended EAP benefits for deployment time.


Eligible EAP members who receive a discharge for a disability incurred in the line of duty may be eligible for EAP benefits after their discharge.

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Education Services Office
Bldg. 9-54, Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003
Phone: 717-861-2434