Report Outlines Free Tuition Plan for Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A nonpartisan research group has released a new plan to make education at the Commonwealth’s public community colleges and universities more affordable.

The plan, called “The Pennsylvania Promise,” was unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.

Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center, says students first would fill out a federal financial aid form to secure Pell grants or assistance through existing state aid for higher education.

“The proposal we’re putting forward would cover the remaining items,” he states. “So it would effectively eliminate tuition at community colleges in Pennsylvania, and eliminate tuition for students in the state system of higher education.”

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