Funds Available for Eligible Children of Veterans Pursuing Post-Secondary Education | Local News

Children of deceased Pennsylvania veterans or veteran relatives with 100 percent service-related disabilities may receive up to $1,000 per year for post-secondary education.

Through the Educational Gratification Program, the State Department of Military and Veterans Affairs supports children of honorably discharged veterans who have 100% service-related disabilities or died in service and served for a period of war or armed conflict. Financial aid is available for those pursuing post-secondary education or training at an accredited institution in Pennsylvania.

Children must be between the ages of 16 and 23, have lived in Pennsylvania for five years prior to application, and must attend a school in the state. Applicants must be in financial need and cannot receive more than $500 per term or semester for a maximum of eight terms or semesters.

To apply, contact Lancaster County Director of Veterans Affairs Jodi Barone at 150 N. Queen St., Suite 103; phone, (717) 299-7920; fax, (717) 209-3077; or email

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