HARRISBURG – State Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) to serve on the board of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), a position she hopes to use to help reduce the amount of student loan debt that burdens commonwealth students and graduates.
“I’ve heard from constituents across our district that student loan debt is placing an unbearable burden on people as they leave college and begin their careers,” Culver said. “Many young graduates fear they will never be able to pay back the debt they accrued to earn their education.”
Culver’s appointment will last until June 30, 2027.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1963 created PHEAA to provide students and families in the commonwealth with affordable access to higher education. PHEAA provides a range of financial aid services, including the commonwealth’s state-based student loan program, PA Forward. PHEAA also serves millions of students through guaranty, servicing, financial aid processing and other programs.
PHEAA’s earnings are used to support the agency’s public service mission and to pay operating costs, including the administration of the PA State Grant Program and other state-funded student aid programs. This contribution from PHEAA annually saves the commonwealth millions of dollars.
More information about Culver is available online at SenatorCulver.com. Residents can follow her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SenCulver for updates about legislative action in Harrisburg and news in the 27th District.
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