- Governor Corbett’s proposed budget includes a 50% cut to the 14 colleges that comprise the State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
- State-related schools, which include Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln University, will sustain cuts that range from 47% to 50%.
- In addition to these drastic cuts, Gov. Corbett has proposed a cut to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) from $441.2 million to $411.56 million, which is in addition to a $1.575 cut in federal funding.
- Pennsylvania already has some of the highest tuition rates for public higher education. Where does this put middle class families?
- Students across the states are coming together to protest this budget that limits their ability to afford a higher education, but this is not just their fight, it is our fight.
- An investment in education is an investment in our economy and our future
- Our economic growth depends on having an educated workforce.
- Currently, PASSHE schools enroll nearly 120,000 students, and almost 90 percent are Pennsylvania residents and 70percent of those student remain in Pennsylvania.