Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pennsylvania budget impasse leaves college students without funds - Phillip J. Poupore, Trib Live

Point Park University senior Brittany Lauffer has to work a bit harder this semester because of Pennsylvania's budget impasse. The broadcast journalism major kept her off-campus apartment this school year because she expected a $3,634 refund check from the school to help her pay rent. But there was a problem: She has received $1,824. Because Pennsylvania has not approved an annual budget, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has not provided Lauffer's grant money to Point Park, so Lauffer received about half. Busy with school and work, the 21-year-old increased her freelance photography workload and added a part-time job to cover the missing grant money.

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