Why We Support PHEAA Middle Income College Grants

CSCubed is preparing for AICUP Student Lobby Day in Harrisburg on April 1. Our primary goal is to convince legislators to commit funding to a new PHEAA grant program that helps middle class students pay for college. Leading up to Lobby Day we’ll be providing more information as to why this new grant program is so important.

AICUP research provides the following information:


The middle class is hit hardest by student debt because they are not wealthy enough to pay for education out of pocket and not poor enough to qualify for programs like Pell Grants. Consequently the new middle income PHEAA grants that CSCubed supports will help a population that has the most student loan debt of any income category.

Higher Ed Money for the Middle Class

by Kyle Purchase

The issue with higher education is the humongous debt that follows after a student finishes school. In some cases student worry not just about the debt but how to raise money to even complete their education. Thomas Hundley, a political science major at Howard University, has been raising money at his law firm where he works to continue his chance of completion. What he hopes is that President Obama can aid middle-class families like Hundley’s and many other families across the nation.  CSCubed’s cause for debt relief of middle class families would also include getting more students  to enroll and succeed, rather than stop school and raising enough money to complete. Helping middle income student finance education, rather than having them potentially drop out to work to pay for future schools would help the cause of higher education.