May 03, 2024

PASSHE Universities Providing Free Tuition to 22 Community College Transfer Students

Contact: Kevin Hensil,

Students are named to the 2024 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team
95% of Pa. Community College transfer credits accepted by PASSHE universities
PASSHE universities collectively are the top destination for community college transfer students

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) today announced that 22 community college students will receive free tuition at state-owned universities.

The students were selected by their community colleges and named to the 2024 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. PASSHE’s 10 public universities and Pennsylvania’s 15 community colleges partner to offer the program, helping more than 800 students over two decades.

“Each of these remarkable students has achieved academic excellence, and PASSHE universities are proud to provide them with free tuition as they continue their college education,” said PASSHE Chancellor Dan Greenstein. “The State System universities coordinate with community colleges so students can seamlessly transfer to a state-owned university. It’s part of our commitment to providing a high-quality education at the lowest possible cost so students can focus on preparing for their futures.”

PASSHE Universities are the Top Destination for Community College Transfer Students

PASSHE universities enroll the most community college transfer students in Pennsylvania and accept 95% of their transfer credits. Community college students with associate degrees are guaranteed admission as juniors.

More than 59,000 community college students have transferred to a State System university since 2010.

Students transferring from community colleges to PASSHE universities to complete their education strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce. Transfer students typically enter majors that prepare them for the most in-demand jobs. More than 60% of transfer students enroll in business, healthcare, education, psychology, biology, or computer science. Many of those industries have worker shortages.

PASSHE and community colleges also have reverse transfer agreements. These policies enable students who transfer to a State System university before completing an associate degree to use their university credits toward an associate degree from the community college where they started, as well as toward their bachelor’s degree.

The presidents of all State System universities and community colleges in Pennsylvania last year further strengthened their collaboration to help students achieve their educational goals, reduce student costs and bolster the workforce.

2024 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team

Pennsylvania’s community colleges annually select All-Pennsylvania Academic Team members. Many of the students receiving free tuition at PASSHE universities are pursuing careers in fields with worker shortages. For example:

  • Bailey Bevington, transferring to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, intends to become an adolescent therapist.
  • Daniel Hamilton, transferring to Slippery Rock University, will study resort recreation and hospitality management. His goal is to own a restaurant.
  • Haily Hottenstein, transferring to East Stroudsburg University, was a fine arts major and Honors Scholar.
  • Yessenia Rivera, transferring to Kutztown University, plans to earn a master’s degree in social work.
  • Zuzanna Solarz, transferring to West Chester University, will pursue a bachelor’s degree in international business. Zuzanna, born in a small village in central Poland, came to the United States in 2020 and works full time to support herself.

Below are the PASSHE universities where All-Pennsylvania Academic Team students will receive free tuition.

PASSHE University Student Community College
Commonwealth–Bloomsburg Jenny Ro Northampton Community College
East Stroudsburg Haily Hottenstein Lehigh Carbon Community College
Indiana Bailey Bevington Butler County Community College
Indiana Madison Bender Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Indiana Ean Jaber Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Kutztown Yessenia Rivera Reading Area Community College
PennWest Angel Remedios Community College of Allegheny County
PennWest California John Anderson Community College of Allegheny County
PennWest California Alayna Ice Westmoreland County Community College
Slippery Rock Daniel Hamilton Butler County Community College
Slippery Rock Amelia Callaghan Community College of Beaver County
West Chester Jay Rhoades Delaware County Community College
West Chester Anuradha Anuradha Delaware County Community College
West Chester Zuzanna Solarz Northampton Community College
Undecided Ryleigh Geraci Community College of Allegheny County
Undecided Kayden Nock Community College of Allegheny County
Undecided Genavieve Pansera Community College of Beaver County
Undecided Ahmed Alzeidi Community College of Philadelphia
Undecided Chloe Johnson Delaware County Community College
Undecided Marie Victoire Alexis Lehigh Carbon Community College
Undecided Anisa Reinstrom Reading Area Community College