Penn State World Campus named ‘Guard-Friendly School’

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — Penn State World Campus has been recognized as a “Guard Friendly School” by an organization dedicated to supporting members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) has designated Penn State World Campus as a Guards Friendly School that creates a supportive learning environment for Guard members pursuing post-secondary education. This is the third consecutive year that World Campus has received the PNGAS Guard-Friendly School award.

The group said the Penn State World Campus exceeded its list of 10 criteria. These include accepting tuition assistance through the Pennsylvania Educational Assistance Program and the Department of Defense’s GI bill; have policies to protect the academic status and enrollment status of National Guard students; and provide training for faculty and staff to support members of the National Guard.

“We are honored to receive the Guards Friendly School designation from the Pennsylvania National Guard Associations,” said David Furchner, director of the Penn State World Campus Education Alliance. “The success of our students is our top priority, and our staff strives to create the type of learning environment that meets the needs of military students such as members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and their families.”

In addition to Penn State’s World Campus, Penn State’s Abington, Beaver, Berks, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, Schuylkill, Scranton, University Park and York campuses have also been named guard-friendly schools.

Financial support for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and their families

Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard receive financial support through the Pennsylvania Education Assistance Program (EAP), which was established by the state of Pennsylvania. Their spouses and children may receive financial support through the Pennsylvania Military Family Education Program (MFEP).

Penn State World Campus accepts this funding, which results in a tuition benefit of $342 per credit.

Guard members and their spouses who are undergraduate students receive funding through the Penn State World Campus military grant program that aims to make higher education more affordable and accessible. The benefit for the 2022-23 academic year is $302 per credit.

By combining the two funding sources, Guard members and their spouses receive a tuition benefit equivalent to $644 per credit.

Use of tuition assistance

Chelsea Coia graduated in August with a security and risk analysis degree she earned online while working and serving with the Pennsylvania National Guard. She did not have to take out a loan to cover her tuition.

“Penn State World Campus was great because the classes were flexible and allowed me to go to school while working full time,” Coia said. “I used the EAP to cover tuition as well as the military grant they gave me to graduate debt-free.”

Military Student Services

Military students of all branches have access to the Global Campus Military Support Team, many of whose members are veterans or military spouses. The team includes staff who work in admissions and academic advising.

Students can also use specialized services to support their academic success while they are on active duty, deployed, or fulfilling other responsibilities.

Visit the Penn State World Campus website for more information on services for military and veteran students.

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