|Posted:||January 10, 2019 01:11 PM|
|From:||Representative James R. Roebuck, Jr.|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Pennsylvania Promise Act|
|Today, a lot has changed, with student loan debt reaching over $1.3 trillion. The legislation, known as the Pennsylvania Promise Act, will improve college access and affordability for Pennsylvania students. It will remove substantial financial burdens on students and their families and make college more affordable for students attending one of Pennsylvania’s community colleges, state system universities, and state-related institutions.
The Pennsylvania Promise will be administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and will cover tuition and fees for recent high school graduates attending one of the 14 community colleges and tuition and fees at a state-owned or state-related university for students with a family income of $110,000 or less per year. Students whose family income is $48,000 or less will also be eligible for assistance with costs associated with room and board.
The grants associated with the Pennsylvania Promise will cover the “last dollar” - the remaining amount after all other federal, state, and institutional grants are awarded to a student. Similar legislation has been enacted in New York and Tennessee.
Additionally, this legislation provides dedicated grants to adult learners who are seeking additional credentials, including certification and college credit. The legislation will also dedicate funding to improve college access and opportunity for low and middle-income students.
Together we can improve college access and affordability, reduce the financial burden on Pennsylvania’s students and their families, and provide support for our community colleges, state system and state-related universities.
I hope you will join me in co- sponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as HB244