State Schools Chief: Education Cuts Hurt Lower Income Families Hardest

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The chancellor of West Chester, Cheyney and Pennsylvania’s 12 other state-owned universities says cuts in state funding are threatening the system’s mission of providing an affordable college education.

Like the leaders of state-related universities Temple, Pitt and Penn State, John Cavanaugh, chancellor of the state-owned university system, told a budget hearing that another proposed round of steep cuts in state funds would hit lower income families the hardest.

“It still puts a lot of pressure on students of modest financial background — and that is the bulk of our student population.”

Cavanaugh says the average family income of state system students is still below $60,000. Lawmakers have indicated they will attempt to restore some or all of the proposed cuts to higher education.

Meanwhile, the head of PHEAA, the state student aid agency, told lawmakers that cuts to his agency will likely mean the average grant will be reduced by $158 dollars, to $2,666 dollars.

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  1. Cynthia Petillo says:

    The cost of a college education certainly is not getting an easier than it was when I worked my way through college 30+ yrs. ago. Upon graduation from H.S and Xray school, I worked full-time and 1 casual job, while attending college at night and summer session. CLEPing courses was a big saver of $ and time. My Dad always reinforced the fact that the privilege of an education is worth the expense and effort. Perhaps my words don’t ease the burden, but it always helped me find focus and hope in a dream.

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