Why state funding matters: Penn State a beacon of opportunity in Pa. communities

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — At Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses, where 80% of students are Pennsylvania residents, state support for in-state tuition is vital. Watch as Matthew Heavner, a student at Penn State New Kensington, shares why affordable, local access to a top education matters to Pennsylvania communities.

"My great-great-grandmother came from Romania and she lived to be 106, and she conveyed through her daughter that make sure the kids get an education," said Heavner, a communications major from New Kensington. "Coming from Eastern Europe at the turn of the century, that's something that they couldn't even imagine. It was inaccessible to them — they worked in the steel mill and as homemakers. So just by having that opportunity, literally right on top of the hill in New Kensington, is something I think they would be very proud of." 

Watch the video of Heavner above or on Penn State's YouTube channel, and click here to learn more about how Penn State's state funding benefits all Pennsylvanians.