Gov. Wolf Outlines $200 Million Plan to Make College Affordable, Ensure Future Workforce Stability

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Referring to the monstrous student debt of Pennsylvania in the amount of 71.5 billion dollars, Governor Tom Wolfe called for action on his plan to make college education an achievable goal for all Pennsylvania residents.

Through his $ 200 million Nelly Bly offer, Governor Wolfe hopes to offer scholarships to students studying at a public college or at a higher education institution of the State PA system.

“A good education can prepare a person for success for life. But striving for such an education can often be an unattainable dream, as costs are rising rapidly and student debt is looming, ”Governor Wolf said. “Let’s help Pennsylvania students succeed and return money to the economy, instead of taking on their debt equal to the initial payment for a new home.”

The Nelly Bly Scholarship Program, which is proposed to be funded by both the Federal Rescue Plans Act and the Horse Development Trust Fund, will support student tuition and related attendance costs with a focus on those pursuing high-workforce programs after the pandemic. such as health care, education and public service. Students who have benefited from the program must remain in Pennsylvania to live and work for as many years as they received the scholarship.

Governor Wolfe has joined some of Pennsylvania’s leaders in higher education to highlight today’s program at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

“Public higher education gives students the opportunity to change their lives and prepares them for a dynamic career that is in high demand and vital to the economic future of the state,” said PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein. “14 Pennsylvania universities provide the highest quality education at the lowest possible prices, but for too many students the dream of a degree is still unattainable. The governor’s proposal to directly help students – combined with PASSHE’s efforts to freeze learning and transform the system – will help ensure that public higher education is the engine of social mobility and economic development for many years to come. “

“To ensure the competitiveness of the Commonwealth workforce, there is a growing need to encourage students to enroll in and complete programs in education, health, or public service offered by PASSHE and HACC, the Central College of Central Pennsylvania,” said HACC President and CEO John. “Ski” Sigelsky. “This scholarship can be one way the Commonwealth can reduce student spending limits, increase the number and completion of studies, and ensure that the Pennsylvania workforce remains internationally competitive.”

As Pennsylvania works to move forward after the COVID-19 pandemic, Nelly Bly’s proposal removes barriers to affordable education while stabilizing Pennsylvania’s future workforce, as graduates will have to maintain their Pennsylvania roots for work and life or pay for credit. low interest rates.

This $ 200 million program builds on Governor Wolf’s priorities and legacy education funding to ensure students have every opportunity to be prepared for college, career and community.

“It’s time to take action to invest in our future and ensure success for the people of Pennsylvania and our commonwealth in general,” Wolf added. “We have the resources to make it happen, we just need the action of the General Assembly.”

To access photos and videos from today’s event, visit PACast.

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