Lawmakers announce proposal for free college tuition for Pa. students

Lawmakers announce proposal for free college tuition for Pa. students (MGN Online)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHP) - Tuition and fees for college students in Pennsylvania have gone up 66% in the last 15 years. Last week leaders at the State Capitol announced a proposal that could make tuition free for certain students in the state.

The proposal, called Pennsylvania Promise, is two years of free tuition for high school graduates going to a public community college in Pennsylvania or four years of free tuition for students going to a state system of higher education students whose family income is less than $110,000.

If the proposal turns into legislation and is passed it will cost the state $1 billion per year.

There are a few ideas on how it will be paid for including raising the income tax, a severance tax or with a .054 percent flat tax on financial wealth.

The proposal is for students like Daniel Le, who spoke to CBS 21 after the press conference about the burden of debt already on his shoulders.

“I probably have three or so years of college and I’m already $30,000 in debt just from the first two… It’s a ridiculous amount of money we have to be paying just to get something that should be a right,” said Le.

Leaders hope they can put the plan into action by 2019.

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