Pa. lawmakers unveil bills for college affordability

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A group of Pennsylvania lawmakers has introduced a 13-bill legislative package to help students attend college and graduate with less debt.

The College Access Plan, or CAP, includes proposals for merit-based scholarship programs, more dual enrollment and advanced placement opportunities, and a free tuition lottery for low-income students.

One measure would allow loan forgiveness to graduates of state-owned universities who live and work in Pennsylvania for five years following graduation. The $10 million fund would forgive up to $15,000 in loans for applicants from families with incomes of $70,000 or less.

Another would generate work-based learning tax credits for businesses that provide internships to high school students in high demand jobs like biotechnicians, medical technicians and network administrators. The students would obtain college credits in their field.

The proposals have not yet been assigned bill numbers.

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