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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 10, 2019 11:30 AM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pennsylvania Promise
In the near future I plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 1111, known as the Pennsylvania Promise Act, that will improve college access and affordability for Pennsylvania students.

The legislation 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 dedicating 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 and state system and state-related universities.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this important legislation.

Please contact Michael Deery my office if you have any questions.

Introduced as SB111