Penn State funding passes with no increase in general support appropriations


By Staff Writer

Last Thursday, November 17, Governor Josh Shapiro signed the approved appropriations bill to fund Penn State and other state-related universities. Despite advocacy efforts that Penn State described as its ‘best overall advocacy year ever,’ noting 35,000 advocacy actions taken throughout the budget process, the university will not see an increase in its general support appropriations, which again totals $242 million.

The last increase in Penn State’s general support appropriations was in 2019-20 and came in at just 2%. Seemingly undeterred by four years of flat funding for general support, trustees recently voted to approve a request for $368.1 million, a 52% increase, for the 2024-25 budget—signaling continued rose-colored reliance on state appropriations as a potential solution to what President Neeli Benapudi described as a “vulnerable” financial state.

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