Burden Of College Costs Falling More And More On Students

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Everyone at Pennsylvania's public colleges is asking the question, although they're terrified of the answer:

What happens if Gov. Corbett continues to slash funding for higher education?

A nearly 20 percent cut last year, and now a proposal for a reduction of up to 30 percent this year - keep it up, and all funding could quickly disappear.

"Everyone is worried," said Larry Catá Backer, an international-affairs professor at Pennsylvania State University and incoming president of the faculty senate. "It's very clear over the next several years it's going to go down, and anyone who doesn't plan for this is being unrealistic."

In an interview, Tim Eller, spokesman for the state Education Department, was asked whether money for higher education would continue to dwindle or even potentially end.

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