Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) is reminding all area community college students about the tuition reimbursement program from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY). The program, known as the Higher Education Learning Plan (HELP), provides tuition reimbursement to students attending college for up to eighty (80) credit hours who are also volunteer firefighters. The deadline to apply for the spring semester is February 3.
“The HELP tuition program is a great incentive and program for student-volunteers to serve their communities, and to also receive reimbursement and encouragement for continuing their higher education,” said Crouch. “Courage, honor and pride – these are some of the qualities of the volunteer firefighters that our communities depend on to keep our families safe. Since New York’s volunteer fire departments are currently experiencing a critical need to recruit and retain members, this is a perfect program to take advantage of.”
Under FASNY HELP, student-volunteers are eligible to have up to 100 percent of their tuition reimbursed in exchange for maintaining their grades and fulfilling defined service requirements. They must also be a “member in good standing” in one of New York’s volunteer fire companies during both their school years and service payback period. The FASNY HELP program is made possible through a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded by the United States Department of Homeland Security. To apply, candidates must first complete their local fire department’s volunteer membership process and the Volunteer Fire Department Commitment form.
For information on the program and how to apply, visit http://www.fasny.com/index.php/resources/fasny-help/; email HELP@fasny.com,
Attn: John D’Alessandro, Deputy Volunteer Programs Coordinator; or call FASNY toll free at (855) 367-6933.
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