Tuition aid money could come from video poker

February 3, 2009 1:24:06 PM PST
Gov. Ed Rendell is proposing legalizing video poker machines.

Under the proposal, any establishment with a liquor license would be permitted as many as five video poker machines.

Rendell wants to use the revenue to help offset tuition costs for thousands of Pennsylvania college students.

Students whose family income is less than $100,000 would be eligible for up to $7,600 in financial aid. It would go toward tuition, books, fees and room and board at any of the state's 14 universities and 14 community colleges this fall.

State officials estimate there are currently at least 17,000 illegal poker machines operating in Pennsylvania.

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