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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Penn State, UPB Students Left Out Of Rendell's Tuition Aid Plan

Penn State students rally
Courier Express

Penn State student leaders railed Monday against Gov. Ed Rendell's plan to help cash-strapped college students pay their tuition bills, contending it will leave students at Pennsylvania's largest public university empty-handed.

"Our governor ... has clearly forgotten that we exist," said George Khoury, president of the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments at a midday rally.

Several dozen students and staffers gathered on the steps of the administration building at Penn State's main University Park campus.

Rendell last week proposed legalizing video poker machines and using the proceeds to help ease the tuition crunch for students entering any of the state's 14 state-owned universities or 14 community colleges this fall.

Left out, though, are students attending Pennsylvania's four "state-related" institutions - the University of Pittsburgh, as well as Lincoln, Temple and Penn State universities.

"We should be proposing a plan to help all students in Pennsylvania. ... We must all stand together," said Khoury, whose council represents student organizations from 19 other Penn State campuses around the state. More...


Anonymous said...

easy way to solve this, if you go to Pitt, then transfer to cal u, slippery rock, clarion, IUP.. If you go to Penn State, transfer to LHU

Anonymous said...

All students should be considered for the same amount of money and should not have to leave a school they love just because it is not a state school.

Anonymous said...

I chose to go to a state school because of the cost of tuition. You want the big name on your diploma, then go there, if not go to a smaller school. I did like having classes smaller than 100's of students. The problem is now becoming that the state schools are becoming so expensive. 20,000 for a friend to go back to get a teaching degree.

Anonymous said...

I agree. ALL kids should be considered based on thier grades and SAT scores. NOT by thier income. It is about time that the kids who work hard to get into good schools like Penn State (but can't afford to go because thier parents make barely over the limit to qualify for aid) get a little consideration and apiece of the pie. Heck... who cares how much the parents make. Those who pay taxes should get some of the benefits too!

Anonymous said...

20,000 is cheap... that is a year for the average school now

Anonymous said...

I don't know what kind of money you make but $20,000 is not cheap!
Do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with that kind of money without any "outside" help!

Anonymous said...

I understand the plight of students at universities like Penn State, Pitt, Temple, etc. I was also once a financially strapped undergrad trying to make it through school. Nowadays, the price of even state-owned universities are very high (not to mention private schools like Penn State). However, this plan is only for PA state universities because only these are owned by the state. PA does not own Penn State, but it does own IUP, Slippery Rock, Mansfield, etc. Where's the incentive for the PA govt. to help students go to universities not owned by the state. The notoriety that comes from graduating from a well known (private) university has an inflated price tag. (unfortunately, those price tags are very high)