Tuition, Loan Assistance Available for Volunteer First Responders
Working to help our communities recruit and retain vital first responders, the General Assembly last year established the Active Volunteer Tuition and Loan Assistance Program.
Communities across Pennsylvania have been facing a growing crisis in attracting volunteer first responders. The reduction in volunteers has led to many fire and emergency medical service companies reducing available services. The Pennsylvania legislature established the Active Volunteer Tuition and Loan Assistance Program in 2022 to help emergency services recruit, retain, and provide educational assistance to those individuals willing to put their lives on the line for their fellow Pennsylvanians, officials say.
Now accepting applications, the program is available to volunteers who reside in the Commonwealth and have been active volunteers in good standing for at least one year prior to applying. Applicants must also meet participation requirements and commit to serving as an active volunteer for at least five years after completing their education. The program provides up to $1,000 per academic year for full-time students and $500 for part-time students.
To be considered for the Active Volunteer Tuition and Loan Assistance Program, you must:
- Reside in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Serve with a volunteer organization as an active volunteer in good standing for 1 year prior to applying.