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June 2007 Press Release






Deadline to apply is July 1



Annapolis, MD (June 26, 2007) – The deadline to apply for the Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Emergency Medical Services Tuition Reimbursement program is July 1.

To qualify for the reimbursement program, an individual must be a Maryland resident, a career or active volunteer firefighter, ambulance or rescue squad member serving a Maryland community and must attend a Maryland postsecondary institution that offers courses leading to a degree in fire service technology or emergency medical technology.

The maximum award will cover the actual dollar amount of tuition charges, up to the cost of the highest tuition at a University System of Maryland college or university, with the exception of the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland University College.

The purpose of this tuition reimbursement program is to encourage members of firefighting, ambulance and rescue organizations serving Maryland communities to improve their professional skills by reimbursing them for the tuition costs of courses leading to a degree in fire service or emergency medical technology.

In exchange for tuition reimbursement, applicants must agree to serve a Maryland community as a career or volunteer firefighter or ambulance and rescue squad member while taking courses and continue to serve one year after the courses for which reimbursement is to be received.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission awards more than $109 million in State financial aid annually and is Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and for private career schools.

For more information about Maryland financial aid and grant programs, visit www.mhec.state.md.us or call (410) 260-4565 or (800) 974-1024.


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