Gov. Tom Corbett announced his Ready to Succeed scholarship program with a bang last winter, pitching a proposal to set aside $25 million for grants for college students with family incomes up to $110,000 a year.
Corbett, who has come under fire for reducing subsidies to public universities, framed the proposal as an effort to help minimize debt for students who don't qualify for need-based aid but have completed at least one year of school with a 3.25 GPA. He vowed he wouldn't sign a budget without the program described as relief for hard-pressed, middle-income families.
After months of contentious budget negotiations, the program was quietly pared to $5 million.
“It was part of the budget negotiation,” said Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni. “Obviously, with declining revenues, difficult choices had to be made as to the size of the program. But the governor was glad it was included. The hope is to help more families in the future.”