PASSHE hopes new tuition policies will help reverse fortunes but skeptics remain

PASSHE hopes new tuition policies will help reverse fortunes but skeptics remain

At a time when their state support is precipitously declining, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education officials are pinning their hopes on a new, less restrictive tuition policy to help play a part in turning their fortunes around.

Earlier this month, the PASSHE Board of Governors approved a measure to delegate tuition-setting responsibilities to the 14 individual universities, as long changes are approved by the board.
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - April 8, 2019

Tweets of the Week - April 8, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, April 12, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Pennsylvania college graduates have the highest amount of student loan debt per capita in the nation, and over 1.8 million residents carrying student loan debt. Three Pennsylvania senators are hoping their latest proposal will make it easier for these students to pay back their student debt by providing them the opportunity to refinance their loans at a lower, fixed interest rate.
 

Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) spoke with reporters Wednesday to outline the Pennsylvania Student HELP Act, a multi-faceted bill that would allow students to refinance debt payments at a 4 percent fixed interest rate, while also enhancing protections for borrowers. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Baker looks to establish sexual assault online reporting system at Pa. universities

Baker looks to establish sexual assault online reporting system at Pa. universities

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) is one state lawmaker who hopes to protect victims of sexual assault and make it easier for them to report incidents on college campuses.
 
As part of Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us initiative to prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses, Baker has introduced a bill that would establish an online reporting system for instances of sexual harassment and assault on postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania. 
Friday, February 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

$8 million can seem like a lot of money to the average citizen. For those involved with higher education in Philadelphia, it may be a day late and a dollar short to solve a growing crisis.

The Community College of Philadelphia faces increasing class sizes as more students use its four campuses to launch careers or matriculate to four-year institutions. However, the school isn’t getting adequate funding from city and state sources. With these issues, the school’s union has been without a contract for three years and is planning to strike soon.
Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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