Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program Benefits College Students in Energy and Related Fields, Says Ross
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP) is open to students enrolled in career programs that are significant to the state’s economy, such as energy, advanced materials and diversified manufacturing, or agriculture and food production, Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) announced today.
Administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), PA-TIP offers students need-based awards equivalent to the maximum State Grant award of $4,348, or 75 percent of a student’s total direct educational costs after gift aid and aid from employers, whichever is less. The funds can be used to cover tuition, books, fees, supplies, and specific living expenses.
The program is funded with $5 million of PHEAA’s business earnings. No state taxpayer dollars are used to support the program.
More than 70 programs of study are eligible for assistance under PA-TIP, including agricultural business and management, communications systems installation and repair, dairy science, diesel mechanics technician, electrician, metal fabricator, machine tool technology and solar energy technology. Eligible courses of study must be more than 10 weeks and less than two academic years in length. Additionally, the course of study must not be eligible to receive a need-based Pennsylvania State Grant.
To be eligible for PA-TIP, a student must meet several requirements, including being a resident of Pennsylvania; having a high school diploma, GED, or recognized homeschool certificate; completing and filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form; and enrolling at an institution approved by PHEAA.
To apply, a student must submit a FAFSA and a PA-TIP application. The application deadline for the 2012-13 award year is April 1, 2013. Applications must be mailed to: PHEAA, State Grant and Special Programs, P.O. Box 8157, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157. Applications also may be faxed to 717-720-3786.
For additional information on PA-TIP or to apply, visit www.RepRoss.com
State Representative Chris Ross
158th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Donna Pinkham RepRoss.com