The Republican-controlled Senate voted 32-17 Friday afternoon along party lines to approve the plan , which provides state colleges and universities, public schools and libraries with the same amount of money they currently receive but ends a program that provided direct cash assistance to nearly 70,000 of the state's neediest citizens.
The presidents of those funded universities joined Corbett Friday morning to thank lawmakers for their support including Penn State's Dr. Rodney Erickson.
"Higher education is a major driver of our economy, and it contributes so much to the future of the state of Pennsylvania . I will be going to Penn State's Board of Trustees in two weeks from today, to propose the lowest tuition increase that we've had in the past thirty five years."
Three Democrats crossed over to vote in favor of the budget for the fiscal year that starts Sunday