Pennsylvania Proposes $200 Million Plan for Affordable College

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Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University of PennsylvaniaDr. Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University of PennsylvaniaThrough a $200 million proposal, Pennsylvania may soon provide scholarships to students attending a community college in the state or a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education institution.

Called the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, the federal American Rescue Plan Act and the Race Horse Development Trust Fund would fund the program to support student tuition and relevant costs of attendance.

"The past few years have financially challenged our students and their families, and we have responded by taking actions to control costs," said Dr. Daniel A. Wubah, president of Millersville University in Pennsylvania. "At Millersville, we have decreased the total cost of attendance over the past three years, which is bucking the trend in higher education. The Nellie Bly proposal will help meet our commitment to providing students an exceptional and affordable education."

The scholarship would focus on students pursuing programs with high workforce needs, such as in health care, education, and public service. Scholarship recipients would be required to live and work in Pennsylvania for the same amount of time that they received the benefit.