Students are invited to attend a rally for funding of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education colleges at the Harrisburg’s Capitol building to make their voices heard by legislators.
The Pennsylvania Promise rally will be held at 11 a.m. on March 27.
In an email, Kathryn Morton, communications director of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), invited students who believe higher education should be affordable to the rally.
“The rally will focus on the burden of student debt, and APSCUF supports legislation that eases the burden of student debt,” she said.
The Pennsylvania Promise focuses on decreasing the amount of debt with which students are leaving college. The Pennsylvania Promise believes that the threat of student debt is keeping some students from attending college, according to an APSCUF press release.
“Pennsylvania students are leaving college with tens of thousands of dollars of debt, and who knows how many students are simply not going to college because they cannot afford it,” the Pennsylvania Promise website states.
Pennsylvania was ranked 50th out of 50 states in higher education by U.S. News in 2018 due to the amount of student debt, as well as the amount of tuition and fees.
The advocacy event plans to give students a platform to interact with legislators in order to create changes to the current funding of higher education in Pennsylvania, according to an APSCUF press release.
Free transportation and lunch is available for interested students, faculty and coaches through APSCUF. For more information, contact the Shippensburg University APSCUF chapter at (717) 477-1791 or visit Wright Hall Room 103.
For more information about the Pennsylvania Promise, visit papromise.org.