HARRISBURG – Luzerne County Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski introduced a bill to provide a way for students at any of PA’s 15 state community colleges and the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to complete their degree or certificate program and secure a steady, full-time job before beginning to repay the cost of tuition. Graduates would have 10 years to pay off tuition costs, interest free. Once established, the Delayed Payment Plan Program would pay up-front for the community college education of participating PA students who agree to stay in PA after graduating until their tuition is repaid. The agreement requires the graduate to pay back what they owe using a minimum of 2% of their future earnings within 10 years of graduating – interest free. Anyone with an outstanding balance following those 10 years would be required to pay a 3.5% interest rate on their remaining balance until they’ve finished paying their tuition. One way to fund the plan would be through an extension of the current 6% state sales tax to dry cleaning services. Pashinski is also working on legislation to use federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to get the program up and running. PHEAA would administer the program. House Bill 984 has been referred to the House Education Committee.

REP. EDDIE DAY PASHINSKI