Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings on Higher Education

HARRISBURG – Declining enrollment and the cost of higher education highlighted Thursday’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearings on the 2023-24 budget requests for state-related universities and the State System of Higher Education.

The proceedings wrapped up the second of three weeks of budget hearings. Gov. Josh Shapiro’s $45.8 billion plan seeks to boost state spending by more than $1.3 billion above the current year’s budget. Projections indicate it will nearly wipe out the state’s Rainy Day Fund in five years.

State-Related Universities

State-related universities are requesting huge increases in taxpayer support: Penn State University seeks a 47.6% increase in funding; University of Pittsburgh, 6%; Temple University, 16%; and Lincoln University, 25.3%. The governor’s budget proposal increases funding by 7.1% across the board.

Full Hearing

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Video Highlights

State System of Higher Education

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has requested a total of $685.4 million, an increase of $133 million, or 24.1%, over the current year’s budget. The governor’s budget provides a 2% increase.

Full Hearing

Video Highlights

You can find the hearings schedule, livestreams, daily recaps and video from prior hearings at

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