House Lawmakers Aim to Aid Older Foster Children with Free Tuition, Car Insurance

Stephen Caruso, Pennsylvania Capital-Star •

A final proposal, sponsored by Rep. David Hickernell, R-Lancaster, would waive college tuition and fees for foster kids, as well as mandate colleges set up programs to work with foster kids.

Jonathan Hamilton, a 21-year-old college student and former foster child, said the proposal would help others like him “focus more on school instead of working to go to school.”

More coordination could also help universities provide housing to students who don’t have a home to go back to during breaks from class.

The Senate failed to take up Hickernell’s proposal last session. It is opposed by Penn State University.