Program Would Help Students Pay for Community College in Pennsylvania

NANTICOKE — State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski is proposing legislation to help students at Pennsylvania’s 14 state community colleges get degrees and program certificates.

It would allow them to begin repaying their tuition interest-free for up to 10 years after obtaining a steady job. Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre, hosted a state House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Thursday on his Delayed Payment Plan legislation at Luzerne County Community College.

The legislation would generate $45 million a year for the program by extending the 6% the sales tax to dry cleaning, Pashinski said. It would require a graduate to pay back what they owe using a minimum of 2% of future earnings within 10 years of graduating.

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