HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) announced that the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will administer and provide funding for a new, legislatively-enacted financial assistance program, the Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP).
PHEAA’s Board of Directors provided funding for PA-TIP by approving $5 million from PHEAA’s business earnings without using any taxpayer resources.
The need-based program will benefit Pennsylvania students enrolled in courses of study in the energy, advanced materials, diversified manufacturing, agriculture and food production fields. Eligible courses of study must be more than 10 weeks in length, less than two academic years in length and be Title IV eligible. Additionally, courses of study must not be State Grant eligible. A list of eligible programs, identified with assistance from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and participation requirements can be found at www.PHEAA.org/PA-TIP.
Students interested in receiving an award must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to determine need, and a PA-TIP application. Awards will be provided to students on a first-come, first-served basis until all funding has been exhausted.
Individuals with additional questions concerning the PA-TIP program or other PHEAA programs can also contact any of Yaw’s offices at (Williamsport) 570-322-6457, (Towanda) 570-265-7448 or (Harrisburg) 717-787-3280.
Contact: Rita Zielonis