The governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, and his classmates in the General Assembly are pressing for $ 200 million in funds for scholarships for students enrolled in community schools and four -year institutions that are part of the State System of Higher Education. Wolf made the same budget request in the previous two years, and the legislature controlled by the Republicans rejected it twice. But a notable change in the source of financing, and the support he has obtained in both cameras of the state legislature, can reverse the trend.
The main reason for the opposition to the application remains the same, a significant part of the $ 200 million will come from the state of the state, which is funded by the income of the casinos and supports To the career industry. The current scholarship proposal includes $ 88 million of the trust; The rest would come from Federal Help Funds of COVID-19, according to a governor spokesman. Previous budget applications have proposed that almost all funds come from the horsepower fund, angry the defenders of the horse racing industry and their supporters in the legislature.
The budget struggle is expected to accelerate in June as the legislative session comes to an end at the end of the month.
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"We are really trying to reach a point where students and families that win under a certain level can basically attend for free," Greenstein told the legislators Tuesday.
The proposal is nicknamed the Nellie Bly program, in honor of the famous research journalist of the early twentieth century who grew in Pennsylvania, and who had to abandon what later became the University of Indiana de Indiana de Indiana Pennsylvania because he could not afford to continue studying. The program would make scholarships for household students with income of less than $ 104,800 who undertake to stay and work in the state after graduation. Supporters say that support would keep more university graduates in the state to fill the growing number of state jobs in medical care, education, public service and other fields are now not covered due to the lack of qualified candidates.googetag.cmd. push (function () googetag.display ("dfp-ad-article_in_article"););););
Greenstein said that under the proposed plan, each potential receiver would receive an average of $ 5,400, which he said: "It does not eliminate all its family contribution and the unsatisfied need, but eliminates half." However, he pointed out that because money would be divided between students with the greatest financial need and those who enter occupations with the greatest need, would greatly contribute to solving both problems.
annual registration to four -year state institutions are $ 7,716, and system officials announced earlier this month that it would remain the same for the 2022–23 academic year, which makes it the fourth consecutive year without an increase in registration. The total registration in the 14 universities this academic year is approximately 89,000.
The Association of College Faculties and Universities of the State College of Pennsylvania obtained its support behind the Wolf Complete Educational Budget proposal, including the Scholarship Plan, earlier this year. The president of the association, Jamie Martin, said in February that the scholarship funds "would move the
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