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APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash today pledged that APSCUF will do whatever it can to fulfill The Pennsylvania Promise, an affordable-tuition plan unveiled today at a press conference in the Capitol.

“We must make a difference, and we must provide opportunities,” Mash said at the event for the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center‘s report. “The Pennsylvania Promise: Making College Affordable and Securing Pennsylvania’s Economic Future” outlines how the Commonwealth could make tuition affordable for Pennsylvania students for about $1 billion per year. Click here to read the full report.

KRC and PBPC will further explain the report in a webinar 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, for which you can register here.

One of the report’s authors, Mark Price, KRC labor economist, will go live to answer questions 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, on APSCUF’s Facebook page. We welcome members, students, and other supporters of quality, affordable higher education to join the discussion. If you’d like to submit questions in advance, email

Senate Democrats recorded the press conference, which included statements from State Sen. Vincent Hughes, State Rep. Jim Roebuck, State Rep. Jordan A. Harris, and Daniel Le, a sophomore at Shippensburg University. Watch video of the full event here.

Graphics/Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Today’s report is the fourth in a series by KRC and PBPC tackling upward mobility and higher education affordability in the Keystone state. Previous reports are:

Pennsylvania Higher Education at a Crossroads: To Boost Opportunity and Growth, Pennsylvania Needs to Invest in Higher Education (August 2017)

At Students’ Expense: Rising Costs Threaten Pennsylvania Public Universities’ Role in Upward Mobility (June 2017)

Pennsylvania’s Great Working-Class Colleges (April 2017)