Schwartz Vows to Increase Higher Ed Funding
Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Montgomery) said she planned to restore funding to higher education after the cuts experienced under Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.
In a conference call with reporters Monday, Schwartz said she would make restoring funding to higher education a priority if elected governor. Schwartz, however, declined to put a hard-dollar amount to how much funding she would restore, citing the state’s fiscal environment.
“This is a real issue for schools in Pennsylvania, and a real issue for the economy in Pennsylvania,” Schwartz said. “We have to tackle this. We have to enable our students.”
In addition to restoring funding, Schwartz called for a 2-year freeze on tuition rates for schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and state-related schools.
Kenn Marshall, media relations manager for PASSHE said that the state system was not commenting on the gubernatorial campaigns at this point.
On the call, Schwartz introduced a plan to help graduates from Pennsylvania community colleges the opportunity to go to a state system school with aid from the state.
Schwartz did not specify how much aid the state would provide a student graduating with an associate’s degree from one of more than a dozen of the state’s community colleges, but said that the state would help the student “piece together the financial package” that it takes to go to a four-year university.
“This is a very practical way of helping these students,” Schwartz said. “It will be very beneficial for them and for the state.”
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Corbett’s campaign.