Good news: Democratic nominee Dan Onorato wants to lower the price students pay for college. Bad news: you probably won’t be affected, especially if you’re a senior like me.
Onorato spoke in Heritage Hall Monday afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. He blamed the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for stealing money from college students to pay for other, unrelated expenses. He wants to supply more grants and loans to help offset the expense of tuition.
An even more radical idea he wants to enact is to make grants match tuition. Students then would then be able to take that grant to whatever school in Pennsylvania they want. That means students could receive the same amount of aid if they went to one of the 14 state-owned colleges, one of the four state-affiliated universities or even to a private university.
Halfway through the forum, two representatives from the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) asked questions that were previously submitted. Some of the answers Onorato provided included using the land grant Penn State has (repeatedly mentioning that we are the only PA school that has it) to receive more funds for agricultural sciences, and using the Keystone exams (tests that high school students must take before graduation) to push secondary schools to improve student achievement.
The forum ended with Onorato’s prediction for Saturday night’s game: 28 to 21, with Penn State as the victors. Maybe if he’s right, he’ll get a lot more votes.