Despite proposals to cut higher education funding in Pennsylvania, many senators and education officials have spoken out against the reductions, reports The Citizens Voice.
In his budget for fiscal 2012-2013, Governor Tom Corbett suggested that funding to Pennsylvania State University be cut by 30 percent, and that state-owned colleges should have funding reduced by 20 percent. Corbett's budget also planned to cut money to community colleges by 5 percent.
However, several senators have spoken out against the plans, including Jake Corman, the Senate appropriations chairman, who said education funding should not be cut at all. Democratic Senator John Yudichak also voiced his concerns over the proposals.
"There's definitely a consensus, Republican and Democrat, who want to see those cuts minimized," said Yudichak, as quoted by the news source. "If you are going to win the jobs race, you have to win the education race."
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Susan Gobreski, executive director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania, has called on students, parents and taxpayers to contact their state representatives to urge them to maintain education funding.
State funding is used to provide scholarships to students in need. When you're doing a college search, ask your admissions adviser about scholarships and other need-based financial aid.