Children of POW/MIA Soldiers

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PHEAA offers a special state grant to the children of any soldier in the U.S. Armed Forces who has been declared as a prisoner of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA).

Am I Eligible?

You must be the child of a soldier who has been designated as a POW or MIA. In addition, the POW/MIA soldier must have:

  • Served on active duty after January 31, 1955
  • Been a resident of Pennsylvania for at least the 12 months before serving on active duty
  • Not deserted, defected to the enemy, or been discharged under conditions other than "honorable"

How Much Can I Expect to Receive?

The maximum award amount is $1,200, but availability is dependent on state funding.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Call to get a POW/MIA application:

    1-800-692-7392 (toll-free)
    TTY: Dial 711 (for hearing impaired)

  2. File the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the POW/MIA application.

File as early as possible. Applications received at PHEAA before April 1 of the spring term for which you are requesting aid may be eligible for funding for the full academic year, funds permitting.

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NOTE: Effective March 1, 2018, information about a State Grant or Special Programs applicant/recipient will only be released to the student and authorized third parties. PHEAA will also no longer honor any prior third party authorization forms. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage the applicant/recipient to contact us directly to learn more about his/her account status.

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