George: PHEAA Offering Grants for Specialized Training

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Camille “Bud” George, D-74 of Clearfield County, is alerting Pennsylvania students of a new financial assistance program for specialized training in high-demand occupations.

“Awards will be provided to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis until all of the $5 million in funding has been exhausted,” George said. “The grants can be used for tuition, fees, books and other costs.”

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency – PHEAA – is administering the Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program, known as PA-TIP, from its business earnings. The program targets courses in energy, advanced materials, diversified manufacturing, agriculture and food production.

Details on PA-TIP include:

? Eligible courses must entail less than two academic years and be ineligible for State Grants aid.

? Need-based grants will be awarded up to the maximum State Grant, $4,348, or 75 percent of the student’s allowable costs, whichever is less.

? Institutions offering eligible courses – ranging from electronics, drafting, well drilling and welding to mechanics and forest management – will be encouraged to participate.

More information is available online at; by e-mail at; or toll free by calling (1) 800 692-7392.

Information also is available online at concerning a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program designed to encourage Pennsylvanians to enter and continue full-time public service employment.

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