Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Pennsylvania college graduates have the highest amount of student loan debt per capita in the nation, and over 1.8 million residents carrying student loan debt. Three Pennsylvania senators are hoping their latest proposal will make it easier for these students to pay back their student debt by providing them the opportunity to refinance their loans at a lower, fixed interest rate.
 

Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) spoke with reporters Wednesday to outline the Pennsylvania Student HELP Act, a multi-faceted bill that would allow students to refinance debt payments at a 4 percent fixed interest rate, while also enhancing protections for borrowers. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Baker looks to establish sexual assault online reporting system at Pa. universities

Baker looks to establish sexual assault online reporting system at Pa. universities

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) is one state lawmaker who hopes to protect victims of sexual assault and make it easier for them to report incidents on college campuses.
 
As part of Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us initiative to prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses, Baker has introduced a bill that would establish an online reporting system for instances of sexual harassment and assault on postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania. 
Friday, February 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms

$8 million can seem like a lot of money to the average citizen. For those involved with higher education in Philadelphia, it may be a day late and a dollar short to solve a growing crisis.

The Community College of Philadelphia faces increasing class sizes as more students use its four campuses to launch careers or matriculate to four-year institutions. However, the school isn’t getting adequate funding from city and state sources. With these issues, the school’s union has been without a contract for three years and is planning to strike soon.
Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Senate sends bills cracking down on hazing, ending Keystone grad requirements to Wolf

Senate sends bills cracking down on hazing, ending Keystone grad requirements to Wolf

The Pennsylvania Senate sent legislation to tighten laws around hazing and phase out the Keystone exams as graduation requirements to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Monday, both of which he announced his intent to sign.
Monday, October 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

Tyrell Mann-Barnes is a senior biology student ready to start pursuing med school. He’s from a low-income family in Philadelphia and the first generation that went to college. His other siblings went to school for athletic scholarships, but that wasn’t an option for him. His cousins didn’t even apply because college is expensive. He knew college would change his life, so he found a way. 

He became student body president and a resident assistant for three years. His positions led to decreased tuition and covered his room and food costs.

“I would have been a housing and food insecure student [otherwise],” he said. 

Although he’s happy with his accomplishments, he doesn’t want other students to struggle like he did. At a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Thursday, he said the PA Promise Plan may be a step in the right direction. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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