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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 6, 2018 11:51 AM
From: Representative Kate A. Klunk
To: All House members
Subject: PA 529 College Savings Program
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution urging Congress to pass legislation that will make apprenticeships more affordable for individuals seeking a skills-based education.

Currently, PA 529 College Savings Program applies to qualified college expenses like tuition, books, room and board and other learning technologies and allows families to finance education tax free. However, these plans do not always allow help to those who want to seek careers in the trades.

H.R. 3395 and S. 1822 introduced in the US House and US Senate respectively would enable individuals enrolled in apprenticeship programs to use earnings from a federally-approved 529 college savings plan to purchase tools and equipment. This important legislation would allow families who have saved responsibly through 529 programs to also finance their student’s materials they may need to learn a trade.
As manufacturing in Pennsylvania continues to expand the need for skilled labor will continue to rise. I often hear from my local manufacturers about the challenge of finding skilled labor as an entire generation begins to retire. H.R. 3395 and S. 1822 would go a long way to help with this challenge. Please join me in urging Congress to give parents and these students more resources to pay for apprenticeship programs.

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Introduced as HR841