Senator Jim Brewster

Harrisburg, PA – February 8, 2023 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today thanked Senate leadership for his appointment to a four-year term on the board of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, one of the leading providers of financial assistance for students in the United States.

“I’m grateful to my colleagues for their trust and confidence at a time when access to higher education is one of the most difficult and pressing issues facing our commonwealth,” Brewster said. “The continued rising costs make financial aid critical to making sure that our best young minds have what they need to grow and contribute their skills to our state and our nation.”

Brewster was appointed this week by the Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward at the recommendation of Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa. His term expires in 2027.

The appointment comes amid Financial Aid Awareness Month as many aspiring college students start to consider the upcoming deadline for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“As students look forward to graduation activities in the upcoming months, the time can race by,” Brewster said. “It’s time to sit down with parents and advisors to map out a path forward and that should begin with the FAFSA.”

PHEAA has created a website, to help with the process.

Created in 1963 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, PHEAA has evolved into one of the nation’s leading student aid organizations. Today, PHEAA is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach, and other student aid programs. As a public corporation and instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PHEAA devotes its energy, resources, and imagination to developing innovative ways to ease the financial burden of higher education for students, families, schools, and taxpayers.