1Amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania
2Consolidated Statutes, in educational assistance program,
3further providing for definitions and for amount of grants.

4The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
5hereby enacts as follows:

6Section 1. Section 3201 of Title 51 of the Pennsylvania
7Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a definition to read:

8§ 3201. Definitions.

9The following words and phrases when used in this chapter
10shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
11context clearly indicates otherwise:

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13"Costs of pursuing approved program of education." Tuition
14and fees, room and board and textbooks as long as such costs are
15documented by the approved institution of higher learning.

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17Section 2. Section 3205(c) of Title 51 is amended to read:

1§ 3205. Amount of grants.

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3[(c) Other grants.--The agency shall not reduce the amount]

4(c) Other grants and financial aid.--

5(1) The agency shall not reduce the amount of other
6agency grants or aid for which the eligible member qualifies
7on account of the member's eligibility for or receipt of
8grants under this chapter.

9(2) Prior to making a grant under this chapter, the
10agency shall first consider any Federal tuition assistance
11received by the eligible member and then shall award a grant
12under this chapter if the eligible member requires additional
13financial aid to cover documented costs of pursuing an
14approved program of education. A grant under this chapter
15shall not be paid or refunded to the eligible member for use
16for other than the costs of pursuing an approved program of
17education. Excess grants shall be refunded by the approved
18institution of higher learning to the agency for deposit in
19the fund.

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21Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.