College is perceived as expensive, and 60% of Pennsylvania residents agree that
families are not doing a good job saving for college. Pennsylvanians are divided
on whether there are many qualified people who are currently unable to attend college.
Fifty percent feel that there are many people who are qualified to go to college
but do not have an opportunity to do so, as compared to 43% who say that the vast
majority of those who are qualified have the opportunity to do so.
But the majority of Pennsylvanians are convinced that where there is a will, there
is a way. Ninety-one percent either strongly (63%) or somewhat (28%) agree that people
who really want to go to college can find a way to pay for it even if they have to
go to school and work at the same time.
Pennsylvanians also support a broad range of financial aid proposals, with 80%
thinking that the government should offer more tax breaks and credits for students,
73% favoring more funds for work-study and 65% favoring more money for loans. Direct
grants to students were somewhat less popular; only 50% favored more money for grants.