Thank you for your interest in the Public Higher Education Funding Commission and for visiting the Commission’s website.

The 19-member Public Higher Education Funding Commission, established in Act 70 of 2019, which was sponsored by Senators Ryan Aument and Pat Browne, is tasked with developing a higher education funding formula and identifying factors that may be used to determine the distribution of funding among the public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania.

Public institutions of higher education defined in Act 70 include:

  • A Community College
  • A Rural Regional College
  • A State-Related Institution
  • A State-Owned Institution
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Penn College of Technology

The Commission must issue a report of the commission’s findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly.

The new funding formula developed by the Commission, however, shall not go into effect unless the formula receives legislative approval by the General Assembly and enacted into law.

This website will be updated periodically as new information is available.


Senator Pat Browne, Representative Stan Saylor and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera
Co-Chairs of the Public Higher Education Funding Commission

Committee Members


Senator Ryan Aument (R-36th)
Senator Pat Browne (Co-Chair) (R-16th)
Senator Andrew Dinniman (D-19th)
Senator Vincent Hughes (D-7th)
Senator Timothy Kearney (D-26th)
Senator Wayne Langerholc (R-35th)
Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25th)
Senator Lindsey Williams (D-38th)

House of Representatives

Representative Matthew Bradford (D-70th)
Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-120th)
Representative Jennifer O’Mara (D-165th)
Representative Brad Roae (R-6th)
Representative James Roebuck (D-188th)
Representative Stan Saylor (Co-Chair) (R-94th)
Representative Curtis Sonney (R-4th)
Representative Wendy Ullman (D-143rd)

Governor’s Administration

Pedro Rivera (Co-Chair), Secretary of Education
Noe Ortega, Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education
Natalie Krug, Assistant Director, Bureau of Budget Analysis

Meetings & Hearings




February 03, 2020


Higher Education Funding Commission | February 6, 2020 | House Majority Caucus Room     [Read More]




January 03, 2020


Higher Education Funding Commission | January 8, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. | Business & Public Management Center, West Chester University | Session 1   Session 2     [Read More]




October 18, 2019

Higher Education Funding Commission | October 23, 2019 | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 | Watch Live   [Read More]

News Releases




October 22, 2019

The Public Higher Education Funding Commission will hold its next hearing to hear testimony related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness and administration and operations.   [Read More]