scholarship program could aid middle-income students who fall through the cracks -->
Called the Ready to Succeed program, this
"The grants would go directly to academically achieving students who otherwise may not be able to attain enough financial aid," Corbett said in his budget address to lawmakers. "Whether students are looking at trade school or college, a little help at the right time can make a world of difference."
It has yet to be determined how this program would fit with the 51-year-old need-based state grant administered by the
The state's need-based aid program takes into account several factors beyond a family's income in determining eligibility, including the number of family members in college. It benefits mostly low and low-middle income families. New said the agency needs to see the specifics of the new scholarship initiative to determine how the two program would mesh.
PHEAA would be charged with administering the proposed scholarship program, Corbett said. The agency is set up to do that and more than capable of doing so, said its board of directors chairman, Rep.
He anticipates PHEAA also could pick up the cost of administering the new scholarship program as it does with the need-based program, which costs about
Adolph said he anticipates this new initiative aimed at keeping a college education within reach of students who fall above the cut off for other grants and low-interest loans will draw legislative support.
That support could come from both sides of the aisle as evidenced by House Democratic Leader
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