New $5 million grant program announced for Pennsylvania students
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Students in specialized training who aren't already eligible for higher education grants from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency may qualify for help in a new $5 million program.
The program, announced today by PHEAA, is called the Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program or PA-TIP.
The program was recommended by Gov. Tom Corbett but was not funded by the state. Instead, the money will come from PHEAA's business income, made mostly by servicing student loans.
The size of the grants is up to $4,348 or 75 percent of the student's allowable cost, whichever is less.
The new program is aimed at students the in energy, advanced materials, diversified manufacturing, agriculture and food production fields.
The courses must be more than 10 weeks and less than two academic years in length. They must not be eligible for state grants.
In a written statement, Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, PHEAA board vice chairman, said, "With financial aid now available, students should consider enrolling in these programs of study as there will likely be jobs waiting for them after graduation."
First Published July 9, 2012 12:35 am