Dr. Joni Finney
Professor, Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
• Developed and directed the nation’s first biennial state-by-state reporter card for higher education, Measuring Up.
• Expert in higher education, including public finance, statewide governance, access, accountability and completion the public finance of and statewide governance of higher education, as well as access to, accountability of and completion of higher education
• She has worked with state leaders to improve public policies that govern higher education for more than 20 years and served as vice-president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education for the past 10 years.
“The Tuition Relief Act is a serious, thoughtful attempt to address Pennsylvania’s college access and affordability challenges. First, it focuses on families feeling the greatest pinch from college costs -– those earning less than $100,000 per year –- and many of the state’s lowest-income families will pay as little as $1,000 per year for college expenses. Second, it focuses on undergraduate access by targeting community colleges and the State System of Higher Education. Third, it promotes shared responsibility by requiring that all eligible families pay something for college, but not more than they can afford.”