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March 7, 2012 12:00 am

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A college education must be more than a dream

As a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, I have a significant issue with the new budget cuts proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Whereas President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address said, "States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets," the governor proposed new spending reductions that basically match the 50 percent he wanted to cut last year.

Gov. Corbett wants to cut state allocations to its 14 state-owned colleges by 20 percent and the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and Temple University would see 30 percent cuts. It has only been one year since Mr. Corbett took office and he already has made two huge cuts to higher education, making it ultimately even harder for the average student to go to college.

The individuals who are affected the most from these cuts are the current students, some of whom already have accumulated $100,000 in loans by their third year in college. We feel the heat. The governor continues to dance around the real issues that are killing our state, such as not taxing Marcellus Shale gas drilling and maintaining the Delaware tax loophole for businesses.

We as students need to put our efforts together now, rather than later, before the dream of higher education for all is nothing but a dream.

ANITA JAMES
Oakland


Cuts hurt the city

I've been reading about Gov. Corbett's proposed funding cuts to the University of Pittsburgh and I find them extremely disheartening.

I know of a number of families in this region who are struggling financially and have been hoping their teenage children would be first-generation college students. These people want to give their children a chance at success that only higher education can provide, planning to take advantage of the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program. But if Pitt, a world-class PIttsburgh institution is forced to raise its tuition to unaffordable levels because of a lack of support from the state, those dreams could be dashed.


First Published 2012-03-06 23:09:13

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