Here are the details of Governor Rendell's Tuition Relief Act, which applies to Pennsylvanians who attend community colleges or state-owned universities. Rendell has urged the General Assembly to approve his plan quickly so that it can assist students as early as this fall:
- Everyone will pay something, but a student pays only what he or she can afford.
- Many families earning less than $32,000
a year will pay just $1,000 for tuition, fees, room, board and books.
- Every family that qualifies will receive thousands of dollars in tuition relief, and many will save as much as three-quarters of the total bill for tuition, fees, room, board and books.
- Families that do not qualify for PHEAA grants but who earn less than $100,000
a year also will benefit, more than doubling the number of State System students receiving state-funded financial aid grants. These families will receive a grant for half the cost of tuition -- about $2,700 in savings at the State System.
The Governor's plan also included funds to support community college students:
This provides another example of the pressure on politicians at the state level to address the credit crunch's impact on higher education.