ADVISORY: Press Conference to Unveil New Free Tuition College Plan for Pennsylvania Students

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2018
John Neurohr,, 724-903-0077
HARRISBURG – The Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will be joined by legislators on Tuesday (11:30 AM, Capitol East Wing Rotunda) for a press conference to release a new policy proposal that would provide:

  • two years of tuition and fees for any recent high school graduate enrolled full-time at one of the Commonwealth’s 14 public community colleges;
  • four years of tuition and fees for any recent high school graduate with a family income less than or equal to $110,000 per year accepted into one of the 14 universities in the State System of Higher Education;
  • four years of grants ranging from $2,000 up to $11,000, depending on family income, for students accepted into a state-related University;  
  • grants to adults without a college degree, with priority given to those seeking in-demand skills and industry-recognized credentials (such as apprenticeships), as well as college credit.

Speakers will point to the state's woeful investments in higher education (PA ranked 47th out of 50 states for investment in higher ed) and growing student debt as reasons for the need for an innovative approach to funding higher education in Pennsylvania. 

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WHAT:  Press conference to unveil the Pennsylvania Promise higher education investment plan
Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, Co-Author of the report and Executive Director, Keystone Research Center
Senator Vincent Hughes
Representative Jordan Harris
Dr. Kenneth M. Mash, President, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, January 23, 11:30 AM, Capitol East Wing Rotunda