Pa. lawmaker latches on to Oregon's idea for tuition-free college education

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Hoping to make a college education within reach of more Pennsylvanians, a state lawmaker is looking at Oregon’s “Pay it Forward” program as a way to achieve that goal.

Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Philadelphia, intends to introduce legislation next month to study the idea of giving students the ability to attend a Pennsylvania public university tuition-free.

In exchange, students would be on the hook for paying back a percentage of their post-graduate earnings for 20 to 25 years. Their money would go into a dedicated fund that would pay for future students' education.

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