Scholarship bills meant to entice college students into shortage-plagued occupations pass Pa. Senate

Four Republican bills conveying significant changes for Pennsylvania higher education – including one that would tie state money sent to Pitt to “performance-based metrics” – got final approval from the state Senate Tuesday.

Two other Republican bills had been approved the day before, and the series of votes was a significant development as the June 30 state budget deadline nears. Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro already has pitched his own set of concepts for overhauling higher education in Pennsylvania, which is generally viewed as too expensive and not lined up with the job market.

Two bills approved Tuesday would attempt to boost in-demand occupations in a worker-shortage plagued state. They lay out scholarship programs which would require students, in exchange for financial help, to commit to working in one of those fields in Pennsylvania after graduation.

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