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Pennsylvania Promise is a plan to make higher education affordable in Pennsylvania. Read more about why it’s important and how it could work.
We’re looking for residents, students, future students, and parents to stand up for this Pennsylvania’s future. Here’s how you can act.
Pennsylvania students are leaving college with tens of thousands of dollars of debt, and who knows how many students are simply not going to college because they cannot afford it? Pennsylvania, which U.S. News this year ranked 50th in higher education, is failing a generation by not providing affordable public higher education. It’s time for Pennsylvania Promise — a plan to make higher education affordable in the Commonwealth.

With Pennsylvania Promise, our Commonwealth could promise to:

  • cover 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
  • cover 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 Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education
  • provide four years of tuition and fees not to exceed the State System tuition rate, depending on family income, for students accepted into a state-related university
  • finance the expansion of grant assistance to adults seeking in-demand skills and industry-recognized credentials, as well as college credit

Student story

The cost of college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania has made it affordable for me to earn my bachelor’s degree, yet I will still graduate with student-loan debt. I think that for the financial success of students, we need to reduce the student-loan debt among students and provide more affordable options, especially for families with multiple college students. I have a twin sister who attends Lock Haven University, and it has been a huge financial burden for my mother to help both of us through college.
—Kirsten,
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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