O’Mara to hold Policy hearing on student loan debt Wednesday in Radnor

RADNOR, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the student debt crisis.

The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Cabrini University’s Grace Hall Atrium, 610 King of Prussia Road. The media and public are invited to attend.

O’Mara requested the hearing to discuss how the state legislature can relieve this financial burden that many Pennsylvanians carry and how it affects Pennsylvania’s economy. O’Mara will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Republican members of the House Student Debt Caucus.

O’Mara is the founder of the bipartisan House Student Debt Caucus and serves on the Public Higher Education Commission. She also plans to introduce legislation that would create a student borrowers’ bill of rights.

The current agenda is:

    10:00 a.m.      Welcome and Opening Remarks

    10:10 a.m.      Panel One:

  • Rebecca Yacker, West Chester University graduate
  • Shannon Bertoni, West Chester University graduate
  • Ken Mash, president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties
  • Tom Foley, president, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania

        10:40 a.m.      Questions & Answers
        11:00 a.m.      Nathan Hench, senior vice president for Strategy and Public Affairs,
                               Pennsylvania Higher Education Agency

        11:10 a.m.      Questions & Answers
        11:30 a.m.      Panel Two:
  • Nick Smyth, assistant director for Financial Consumer Protection, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
  • Whitney Barkley-Denney, senior policy counsel, Center for Responsible Lending
  • Jim Tulskie, business development manager for Mid-Atlantic Region, DebtHelper.com

        12:00 p.m.      Questions & Answers
        12:20 p.m.      Closing Remarks     

The hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.