Rep. Madden, Policy Committee look at college affordability

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today led a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at East Stroudsburg University to discuss college affordability.

Madden was joined by several of her legislative colleagues from across the state to hear testimony about the financial concerns of college students and what more the state can do to help keep them in college.

“One of the most troubling challenges students and families are facing is the skyrocketing cost of higher education,” Madden said. “We need to make college more affordable for students because Pennsylvania’s per capita funding for higher education ranks 47th in the nation. Today’s hearing showed we need to do better than this.”

Madden added “Nearly 70% of Pennsylvania students graduate with debt. We must close the gap that has made getting a college degree unattainable for many low- and middle-income students.”

The panel of testifiers included a group of East Stroudsburg University students; Dr. Jeff Weber, associate provost for academic affairs, East Stroudsburg University; and Ken Mash, president, Association of PA State College & University Faculties.

The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which focuses on legislation that promotes good jobs, affordable and accessible health care, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4PA.com. Hearing testimony and video will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.