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Friday, July 26, 2013

Capitol Update from Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, July 26, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

11th Annual Senior Citizens Expo Next Friday

Please join me for the 11th Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sports and Fitness Building gymnasium.

Dozens of vendors will be on hand to talk with senior citizens and their families about services available to support and assist them. Among the vendors will be: Office of Human Services Area Agency on Aging, Greater Bradford Senior Activity Center, McKean County Conservation District, Bradford Family YMCA, various emergency service agencies and health care facilities, AARP and more. There is no cost for admission, and lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact my Bradford office at (814) 362-4400. A second expo is being planned in Roulette on Friday, Oct. 11. Looking forward to seeing you at one or both of these great events!

*Please note the offices in Bradford and Coudersport will be closed on Friday due to the expo. Anyone in need of assistance may contact the Harrisburg office at 717-787-5075.
Stop By My “Office” at the Potter County Fair

The Potter County Fair kicks off this weekend, and as we have done in past years, my office will have a table full of information on a variety of state programs available to anyone who stops by. The table will be staffed weekdays during the late afternoon and evening. Stop by if you have a state government concern you’d like to share, or just stop by and say “hello.” We look forward to seeing you!
PHEAA Launches Pilot Program for Online Education Students

Recognizing the growing number of students pursuing college degrees online, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is launching a pilot program to extend state grant benefits to those students.

Currently, PHEAA’s state grant program is available only to students who earn 50 percent or less of their college credits online. The 50 percent limit applies to the student’s enrollment pattern per semester, as well as for the duration of the student’s degree program of study.

Under the pilot program, students earning up to 100 percent of their credits online may qualify for grant assistance, if they are attending a participating Pennsylvania school and otherwise meet grant program qualifications.

PHEAA is now in the process of collecting applications from qualified higher education institutions, and those are due by mid-September. PHEAA will then review the grant applications of students who were turned down for state grants because they exceeded the 50 percent threshold for online education.
Students who are found to qualify for grant funding under the pilot program will be notified later this fall, likely in November. Students need not take any other action at this time.

This is an important step toward modernizing the Pennsylvania State Grant program to better serve the changing needs of our students, both traditional and non-traditional. The five-year pilot program is being funded through PHEAA earnings and will not impact the traditional state grant program, which this year will provide an average award of $3,127 to an estimated 157,000 students. 
Coudersport Office Schedule

The Coudersport office will resume its regular Monday through Friday schedule effective the week of Aug. 5. However, if you were planning to stop by the office next week, please know the office will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The office will be open regular hours on Monday and Wednesday, and as noted above it will be closed on Friday due to the senior expo. The office is located at 107 S. Main St. and can be reached by phone at 814-274-9769. As always, information and links to a variety of state forms are also available online at my website.

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