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Legislation Would Create Online College Comparison Tool
Choosing the right college is one of the most important decisions students and parents will ever make. Representative Bryan Cutler and I recently announced plans to introduce legislation that will create a new online aid to help prospective college students and their parents pick a school that meets their educational and financial needs.
The Higher Education Accountability and Transparency (HEAT) Act would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create a comparison tool on its website to allow users to quickly and easily examine many of the factors that are important to parents and students, such as average tuition, graduation and transfer rates, percentage of students receiving federal aid and average borrowing amounts.
The legislation would only apply to community colleges, universities within the State System of Higher Education, Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, Lincoln University, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and any other institution of higher learning that receives state funding. Nonprofit colleges or universities incorporated in Pennsylvania would also be included.
Many Pennsylvanians are experiencing financial challenges due to student loan debt and the inability to find meaningful employment in the current economic environment. Picking the perfect college and field of study offers students a better opportunity to graduate on time and find gainful employment after graduation.
More information on the proposal is available here.
Citizen Report Focuses on Budget Reforms
The latest edition of my Citizen Report TV show focuses on a number of potential reforms to the budget process, including my proposals to create a two-year budget cycle in Pennsylvania and guarantee schools receive funding during a budget impasse. The show features a conversation with some of my Senate colleagues who have introduced other measures to improve the process.
The show is available here.
Budget Hearings Continue Next Week
The Senate Appropriations Committee recently completed the second week of a three-week series of budget hearings with members of the Wolf Administration and heads of other state departments and agencies. The information gathered during these hearings has been illuminating, particularly as the state grapples with an incomplete budget in the current fiscal year and an Administration that is unlawfully attempting to undo its own budget vetoes.
Summaries and video of each hearing is available online here.
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