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PHEAA Financial Aid Education Night Scheduled for February 13th

Now is the time that many junior and senior high school students are exploring options for continuing their education. Recognizing the importance of higher education, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) would like to invite you and your parents to attend the PHEAA Financial Aid Education Night which I am cohosting.

PHEAA representatives will explain to students and their families what financial aid opportunities are available and which resources can assist in obtaining them. Please visit for more information.

The free seminar is scheduled for Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at 6PM and will be held at the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Center; 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020.

Seating is limited and advance registration for the free seminar is required by Thursday, February 6th, 2020. Please call my office at 215-638-1784 for questions or to register for this event. If you are unable to attend this event but would like to know more, check with your local guidance counselor to find an event near you.

Real ID Deadline Begins Oct. 1 – Be Prepared

Just Months Away: Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need REAL ID or federally approved alternate identification to board domestic commercial flights or enter federal buildings and military installations that require ID.

The best thing you can do to prepare for REAL ID is to get your documents together. Federal regulations require that PennDOT must verify original versions or certified copies of the following documents for a customer before issuing a REAL ID:

  • Proof of identity: Original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the state office of vital records with a raised/embossed seal — issued by an authorized government agency — or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card.
  • Proof of Social Security number: Social Security card.
  • Two proofs of current, physical PA address (if applicable): Examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card or utility bill with the same name and address.
  • Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order, or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court.

Details and applications here.

Application Deadline for PennDOT Summer Employment is February 14

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Summer Maintenance Program offers short-term job opportunities to many full-time college students. Applications for the program are available now and will be accepted through February 14.

The program is open to full-time college students who are enrolled for the Fall 2020 semester. More information about these and other opportunities available to students is available here.

New Grant Program Supports Healthy Schools, Agriculture Education

The Farm to School Grant Program was created as part of the PA Farm Bill this year to ensure young people have access to healthy food options that are grown locally. Local school districts can apply now for grants of up to $15,000 to boost nutrition and agriculture education for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020. More details about the program are available here.

Grants Available to Support Job Training Programs

Workforce development boards, industry associations, post-secondary schools and other organizations may be eligible for grants to boost job training programs and help more Pennsylvania workers find family-sustaining jobs.

The Department of Labor & Industry is providing grants through its PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership program to help connect employers within the same industry in order to identify and address training needs for job-seekers. Applications and more information is available here.

How We Can Help You?

Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:

  • Assistance with preparation of Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms.
  • Citations from the PA Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones.
  • Information and problems with PA Insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP.
  • Fishing and hunting information.
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education.
  • PennDOT forms for special tags and driver and vehicle services.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax forms.
  • Pennsylvania road maps.
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations.
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens.
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups.
  • Unemployment compensation issues
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