Ullman introduces bill to assist public universities and colleges with pandemic-related costs

DOYLESTOWN, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, today introduced legislation that would allocate $100 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to those public institutions of higher education that have not previously received funding to address their pandemic-related costs.

According to Ullman, public universities and colleges face unprecedented challenges and increased costs to safely educate students due to the pandemic.

“We must take decisive steps to ensure that all of our students have access to the education they need to succeed in this world,” Ullman said. “This spring, the General Assembly wisely allocated federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to help higher education respond to the pandemic, including funding for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and for PHEAA programs.

“Now it’s time to support Pennsylvania’s other public institutions of higher education – community colleges, state-related universities, and the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and their students -- by allocating to them their share of Coronavirus Relief Funds.

“I was a community college educator for 30 years, so I know first-hand the incredible value of these other higher education institutions.”

Ullman serves on the bipartisan Public Higher Education Funding Commission.