Wolf’s budget proposal would help community colleges

Harrisburg

Governor Tom Wolf’s new $34.1 billion budget plan includes new programs for education. One, in particular, would help community college students.

The governor last week asked lawmakers for $8 million to create the Educate and Stay in PA program. This would award one-time grants of $2,500 to current students, or graduates of Pennsylvania community colleges to offset tuition.

To be eligible, you have to also work in the state. Those with Harrisburg Area Community College, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College are hopeful about this money, saying it would attract more students to stay in Pennsylvania for college.

“Anything that Pennsylvania as a state can do to support these populations, particularly financially, is going to help us to raise ultimately the education level of the state, in particular, this region,” said Stephen Ampersand, vice president of Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management for HACC.

“It would definitely help with me not having to take out any student loans or take any money from my parents,” said Niko Mayes, a HACC student.

HACC says a majority of its students work part-time, so this money would be particularly helpful.

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