FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl
Bill passes state House to provide Pa. military spouses educational leave
HARRISBURG, June 26 – The state House Tuesday passed a version of Rep. Adam Ravenstahl's bill that would ensure spouses of Pennsylvania National Guard members and other military reservists would maintain their academic credits, scholarships and tuition if their husband or wife is called to active duty.
"I'm pleased this legislation won approval in the House and I hope the governor will sign it into law soon," said Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny. "The spouses of our National Guard members and reservists shouldn't have to worry about losing college credit or tuition because their husband or wife has been called to serve our country."
Under S.B. 707, spouses would be afforded the same educational leave of absence that Guard members and reservists receive when called to active duty. That includes no loss of credits, scholarships or grants.
Educational institutions also would be required to refund tuition or fees paid, or credit the tuition and fees to the next semester or term when the Guard member or reservist returns.