Paul Costa appointed to Pa. Higher Education Assistance Agency

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced that he has been appointed to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

“Higher education is a linchpin for Pennsylvania moving forward in a global economy in the 21st century, and I am honored to join PHEAA, one of the nation’s leading student aid organizations,” Costa said. “I look forward to the challenges of making higher education more accessible and affordable to Pennsylvania’s students.”

Costa thanked House Speaker Mike Turzai for the appointment and House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody for recommending him for the 19-member board of directors.

“Innovative ways must be found to ease the financial burden of higher education for students, families, schools and taxpayers,” Costa said. “The benefits of higher education are well documented, but the costs have made pursuing an advanced education financially harrowing for too many citizens who we need at the helm of our communities, businesses and industry.”

More information about PHEAA and its programs can be obtained at

Costa, who was sworn in Jan. 3 to his 10th term representing the 34th Legislative District, also was reappointed this month as Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee. Costa has served on the committee for 16 years, the last four as Democratic chairman.